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USDA revokes Collins Zoo's license

In January of 2012, the Humane Society helped the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to seize tigers, cougars, leopards, a macaque monkey and wolf-hybrids from the unaccredited facility. In January of 2012, the Humane Society helped the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to seize tigers, cougars, leopards, a macaque monkey and wolf-hybrids from the unaccredited facility.
Animals being removed from the Collins Zoo in January of 2012. Animals being removed from the Collins Zoo in January of 2012.

The Mississippi Roadside Zoo in Collins has lost its exhibitor license after 43 years. The U. S. Department of Agriculture revoked the license following an undercover investigation and legal complaints to state and federal officials by the Humane Society of the United States.

In January of 2012, the Humane Society helped the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks to seize tigers, cougars, leopards, a macaque monkey and wolf-hybrids from the unaccredited facility.

After the state's action, Humane Society attorneys formally requested the USDA revoke the facility's license.

The USDA moved for revocation after large number of animals died at the facility, including at least one tiger, a lion, a leopard, a cougar, a wolf and a dingo in a two year period from 2010- 2012.

The judge found that "at times, animals showed obvious symptoms of distress, discomfort and/or disease and were not provided veterinary care." The judge also held that the facility failed to maintain adequate records regarding the acquisition of animals, which calls into question whether this substandard facility was involved in the exotic pet trade.

The State of Mississippi has an ongoing enforcement action against Collins Zoo, and the revocation of the facility's federal license will strengthen the state's ability to ensure that the facility does not acquire any more inherently dangerous animals. In the interim, three tigers seized from Collins Zoo are being rehabilitated at the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, which is owned and operated by The Fund for Animals in partnership with The HSUS.

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