Housing of animals at zoo needs urgently reviewed, says Long

Alliance Councillor Michael Long has said the housing of animals at Belfast Zoo needs urgently reviewed after an escaped monkey was killed after being hit by a car.

The animal escaped from the zoo yesterday and later died after being hit by a car on the M2 motorway. Belfast City Council has said it is investigating how the monkey escaped.

“Belfast City Council has a duty of care to look after all the animals at Belfast Zoo,” said Councillor Long.

“Therefore, a review of security in relation to the housing of animals at the zoo needs carried out urgently, particularly as monkeys have previously escaped from there in the past few years.

“Belfast Zoo carries out good work in terms of conservation and taking part in breeding programmes to help protect many species but it is not good enough to have animals escaping and unfortunately subsequently killed.”

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