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PETA, Owner At Odds On Fate Of Retiring MGM Lions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The owner of a group of lions losing their jobs at a Las Vegas casino says an animal rights group’s call to send them to a sanctuary is “baloney.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wrote a letter commending the MGM Grand for announcing last week it would close its lion habitat attraction Jan. 31. The attraction is being phased out as part of a $160 million renovation.

PETA officials criticized lion owner Keith Evans for a plan to bring the animals back to his 8-acre Vegas-area ranch. They say the animals wouldn’t have enough space to roam freely, and cite the dangers of trainers interacting directly with lions.

Evans tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/vb2moA ) that he’s held a federal license for keeping the lions for 40 years.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

 

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