Originally posted on Victories for Animals:

source: In Defense of Animals – eNews

A coalition of 16 Florida zoos and aquariums tried to quietly pass a bill that would have allowed them to lease state-owned land to breed exotic species under the guise of “research.” We asked our Florida members to send letters opposing the bill. We’re pleased to report that Governor Rick Scott has vetoed it.

Critics of the bill, including environmental and wildlife activists, warned that zoos would use public lands needed for the conservation of native wildlife, interfere with restoration efforts, and prevent public use of recreational lands. In his veto letter, Gov. Scott stated that the authority sought in the bill already exists in current law, but he added: “I believe the bill lacks sufficient safeguards… to ensure the protection of state and district lands, native species and habitats.”

The bill was pushed by Lowry Park Zoo vice president Larry Killmar, who…

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