NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 07, 1984
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(Studio) New interim director of Atlanta zoo said named following allegations of animal abuse and cruelty; zoo noted considered among worst in nation Mayor Andrew Young mentioned ordering investigation.
REPORTER: John Palmer
(Atlanta, Georgia) Conditions at city's zoo contributing to deaths of animals examined; recent North Carolina death and burial of elephant traveling with circus cited as example [Humane Society spokesperson Jeanne ROUSH - reacts to conditions at zoo.] National zoological society reported expelling Atlanta zoo resulting in other zoos, which had loaned animals, requesting their return; fate of animal loaned by Bronx zoo and whose return is being sought noted unsure. [Atlanta veterinarian Dr. Emmett ASHLEY - claims criticism of him is racially based.]
REPORTER: Dan Molina