USDA revokes Collins Zoo exhibitor license - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

USDA revokes Collins Zoo exhibitor license

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has revoked the exhibitor license from the Collins Zoo.

Over the years the USDA has cited the zoo owners for a wide range of violations to include failing to safely handle animals, failure to provide adequate veterinarian care, and cages holding dangerous animals lacking structural integrity.

In January of 2012 the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks seized tigers, cougars, leopards, a monkey, and some wolves from the zoo.

The USDA judge determined the erosion of the owners resources was putting the animals in jeopardy.

Zoo owner Betty White says having the license revoked is unwarranted.

"I just don't see where there is enough violations for this to happen, I guess I would call it a conspiracy," said White. "The Department of Wildlife, USDA, and the Humane Society have joined together to put me out of business."

A spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States says the zoo does not have to cease operations until the first of June. White says they will appeal the decision.

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