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One year later, animals still in cages after Buenos Aires zoo closure

Associated Press: ‘A year after the 140-year-old Buenos Aires zoo closed its doors and was transformed into a park, hundreds of animals remain behind bars and in a noisy limbo. Developers last July promised to relocate most of the zoo’s 1,500 animals to sanctuaries in Argentina and abroad, but they had made no firm arrangements to do so. And a new master plan announced Tuesday still doesn’t specify how they will accomplish it… Conservationists also complain that the remaining animals still live in antiquated enclosures widely considered inhumane by modern standards — and say the city government’s new plan gives few specifics of how improvements will be made…

Since then, some condors have been freed and about 360 other animals rescued from trafficking have been sent to other institutions. But not a single animal owned by the city has been transferred. City officials say the process has proved more difficult than they thought at first. Legislation had to be enacted to set standards and authorize the transfers. They only recently hired a conservationist manager to study which animals can be moved and arrange it. But it’s not yet clear how many can stand a move, or who might take them’. SOURCE…

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