PETA: neglect complaint filed with USDA names 2 Va. zoos

PETA-LogoNATURAL BRIDGE, Va. (AP) _ The animal protection group PETA says it has filed federal complaints against two zoos in Natural Bridge, citing the alleged neglect of monkeys, zebras and other animals. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it filed the complaints Tuesday against Natural Bridge Zoo and Virginia Safari Park with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The two attractions have been the targets of complaints and investigations in the past. PETA says visitors reported seeing capuchin monkeys with hair loss and skin issues, zebras and other animals confined to filthy enclosures and a goat with curling hooves. Natural Bridge Zoo is owned by Karl Mogensen, while Virginia Safari Park is owned by Eric Mogensen. Telephone messages left with both men by The Associated Press were not immediately returned.

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