|By The Frederick News-Post, Md.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
While we understand the society's focus on these small operations is driven by caring for the health and well-being of animals at these facilities -- particularly Catoctin zoo,
At the very least, the legislation would have forced the zoos to scale back their programs, and placed stringent restrictions on continuing to display those large cats, bears and primates.
But a balance has been struck. Luedtke's bill -- the kind of all-or-nothing legislation that seems to be favored by
Rather than batter or threaten these three zoos into compliance with unsustainable standards or extinction, the
We're sure the
Animals such as primates do require more specialized care. The public needs to be reassured that when they visit, as many children do, they are safe from danger.
To ensure that, we'd like to see more cooperation on a comprehensive in-state suite of regulations, inspection schedules and accreditation that would allow these small
In the meantime, the
"Obviously, the bill doesn't go as far as we would've preferred," said
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