Baltimore Zoo Partners with PETA to Use Large Carnivores for City Animal Control

Actually By Jack “Guns” McGee · December 27, 2013


Curator’s Comment: It’s nice to see zoos (who the AAM thinks of as museums) partnering with other organizations and thinking outside of the cage.

Baltimore, MD. Baltimore Zoo announced an unlikely partnership with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, in an animal control program that is the first of it’s kind in the nation. The program entitled the “Natural Order Feeding Program” is a scheduled release of GPS tagged large carnivores including lions, bears, and packs of hyena’s into downtown Baltimore in an effort to curb the stray animal population that has exploded out of control.

Lions are effective killers but critics question their use in an urban environment. © atira –

PETA, once at odds with the Baltimore Zoo, has heralded this as a “common sense solution” to control the nuisance animal population while avoiding shooting or enslaving “our poor animal brothers and sisters.” Instead the “natural order found in nature fixes the problem that nature has created.” (read more)


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

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