Zoo Wars: Another Deadly Incident at an AZA Zoo/ALDF Complaint
The West Palm Beach Zoo (AZA) member of a PRIVATE organization that is exempt by lawmakers when they pass their bills. No one pays attention that the AZA Zoos have the highest rates of incidents and deaths; more than any other private organization in the country…
There is no doubt that she loved these animals and loved her profession-whether or not this accident could have been prevented is unknown at this point and likely will never be known
Zookeeper Dies After Tiger Attack at Palm Beach Zoo
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — A zookeeper has died after a tiger at the Palm Beach Zoo reportedly mauled her, according to West Palm Beach police.
According to zoo officials, a male Malayan tiger mauled and killed longtime zookeeper, Stacey Konwiser, shortly after 1:45 p.m. She reportedly worked closely with the zoo’s tigers, alongside her husband, who worked at the zoo as well.
Naki Carter, a zoo spokesperson, said the tiger was not on exhibit and that “no guests or visitors were ever in jeopardy.” She also added that the tiger never escaped from its enclosed habitat, which is private area where the tigers eat and sleep and is closed off to the public.
The zookeeper was inside the habitat doing what they call “basic tasks” before a 2 p.m. tiger show, which is something zookeepers, including the victim, do every day. They said Konwiser has always had a passion for tigers, but they do not know what transpired to lead to the tragic incident.
The zoo, however, was placed on lockdown and about 25 zoo guests were told to barricade themselves at a gift shop as a precaution. A zoo guest explained the moment he learned of the incident. “We were on a train ride in the zoo and the guy got radio-ed saying there was a tiger loose, and he was obviously worried,” he said, “so we kind of just strolled along. We didn’t think anything of it, and then, the next thing we know, we’re getting rushed into the gift shop.”
The West Palm Beach Police Department said they tranquilized the tiger had to wait for the tranquilizer to take effect before they could safely render aid to the victim.
Once the tiger was tranquilized, the zookeeper was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in West Palm Beach where she was pronounced dead.
Carter described Konwiser as someone who loved her work and loved the tigers. “She is someone that absolutely loved everything that had to do with keeping these tigers and seeing that they were enriched daily,” she said, “and I know that just her love for them, if you knew her, then you knew about her love for these creatures.”
According to zoo officials, the zoo was shortly cleared of all employees and guests once the lockdown was removed. The zoo will remain closed until Sunday to allow for an investigation.
Malayan tigers are considered an endangered species, and only 250 remain in the world. The tiger is one of the four Malayan tigers that are kept at the zoo.
Barely a day has gone by since this accident ALDF has filed demanding maximum fines-
from the ALDF Press Room:
The Animal Legal Defense Fund Calls on OSHA and USDA to Impose Maximum Penalties in Palm Beach Zookeeper’s Death
Posted on April 15, 2016
Death Could Have Been Prevented with Appropriate Safety Measures
For Immediate Release
Palm Beach, FL — The Animal Legal Defense Fund is calling on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to immediately investigate the tragic incident at the Palm Beach Zoo, and impose the maximum penalty to ensure an end to these preventable deaths in zoos.
As long as employees are allowed to work in dangerously close proximity to tigers, elephants, and other dangerous animals, a significant risk of serious injury or death persists.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund has previously called upon OSHA to enact specific standards governing workplace safety for employees who work with dangerous wild animals. Deaths and serious injury are preventable, and safety regulations are an important piece of keeping zookeepers and employees who have close contact with dangerous animals safe.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund again urges OSHA to take proactive steps to prevent these sorts of incidents, before another preventable tragedy occurs.
Injuries and deaths due to incidents with big cats are not uncommon. Since 1990 there have been at least 24 deaths—and 265 injuries—caused by captive big cats in the United States. These attacks, and scenarios where an animal escapes, have also resulted in the deaths of over 128 big cats—many of whom were endangered species.
People decide their profession and take risks; totally aware that accidents and incidents that occur all the time and none would change their mind about the choice that they have made…
ALDF is focused on one thing and one thing only-Stop all human relationships with animals-Supported by HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) ALDF fills suits against animal owners across the United States all the time. The courts have allowed them to be third party is civil suits taking down zoos with all sorts of weird claims when it’s the job of the USDA/APHIS (United States Department of Agriculture-Animal Welfare) to see that zoos follow regulations…like they need to be reminded…??? Of course, sometimes I wonder about that myself…as noted throughout this blog however, the same facilities are of question all the time…
The tragic event took place on Friday and the complaints have already been filed by the Fanatical Animal Rights Terrorists…When did people stop caring about people?!? There is little doubt that every precaution possible was made by the zoo to prevent tragedy and incidents. Accidents are accidents and always involve human error…
My condolences to the family-
Disclaimer connected to this blog…Things said are of my opinion and the opinions of others…Stay tuned -B