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Bowmanville Zoo closes for good after animal abuse claims against director

Above Photo: The zoo director, Michael Hackenberger, stepped down earlier this year after being charged with animal cruelty.  (RACHEL MENDLESON / TORONTO STAR

Zoo billed as North America’s oldest has closed after controversy regarding animal treatment, with animals’ future homes unknown.

The controversial Bowmanville Zoo closed its doors for the final time on Monday, after allegations of animal cruelty led to a dramatic drop in attendance.

The zoo’s director, Michael Hackenberger, stepped down earlier this year after he was charged with animal cruelty, following the release of a video by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals that appeared to show him mistreating a Siberian tiger during a training session. (Click Read More)

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