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ZOO’S PROBLEMS NEED TO BE FIXED

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The recent media coverage of the obvious problems that exist at Hogle Zoo is appreciated. The public has a right to know how its tax money is being spent. The public also has a right to monitor and question the care given to those in our society who cannot speak for themselves, whether they be animals or children.

I have visited Hogle Zoo and several other zoological parks in this country. From experience, I can state that Salt Lake City's zoo is an antiquated, obsolete mode of exhibiting animals. Newer zoos exhibit animals in natural-like habitats instead of merely placing them on barren, hard ground with no access to shade and no way for them to get off display. By all appearances, Hogle Zoo has devoted its resources and efforts to its gift shops and concessions.Hogle Zoo should welcome the attempts by this small animal-rights group to bring the park into the 20th century. I don't hear them asking to close the zoo down or free the animals. These are not radicals. Their concern is with the animals, and I feel that the public should get behind them and together let's improve the city's image and create a showplace rather than an embarrassment.

Amanda Carlson

Salt Lake City