Regulating Roadside Zoos

Regulating Roadside Zoos

The Reston Zoo director's conviction for animal cruelty raises new questions about who makes the rules at smaller roadside zoos. Kojo explores the laws on keeping and showing exotic animals.

The director of the Reston Zoo in Reston, Va., is headed to jail for drowning a wallaby at the popular, privately owned facility. The animal cruelty conviction raises new questions about what rules and regulations govern the keeping of exotic animals. Kojo explores the state and federal laws on caring for and showing wild animals.


Nicole Paquette

Deputy Director, Program and Policy, The Humane Society of the United States

David Favre

Professor of Property and Animal Law, Michigan State University College of Law

Nancy McToldridge

Director, Santa Barbara Zoo; Member of the Accreditation Commission of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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