Franklin Park Zoo may have to Close and Euthanize some Animals
Franklin Park Zoo in Boston may be forced to close and euthanize some of the animals as a result of budget cuts imposed on them by Governor Deval Patrick. With a lack of state funding, the zoo will run out of money by October and will be forced to closed Franklin Park Zoo and the smaller Stone Zoo.
The zoo would also have to lay off most of their 165 employees will have to find new homes for their 1,000 animals.
The zoo officials, in a written statement that echoed a letter sent earlier to legislative leaders, said they would be unlikely to find homes for at least 20 percent of the animals, “requiring either destroying them or the care of the animals in perpetuity.’’
Both zoos are run by Zoo New England, attract about 570,000 visitors and are funded by taxpayers and visitors. Zoo officials estimate it would take about $9 million to save shutting down the zoos, and although the Legislature provided $6.5 million to the zoos, the funding has now been cut to $2.5 million.
Every cut not only affects peoples' lives, but in this case, the animals as well.
Franklin Park Zoo was founded in 1913 and has faced closures in the past due to lack of funding.