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PETA demands Duluth zoo be prosecuted for animal flood deaths

The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth was negligent in allowing 13 or 14 animals to die during the flood Wednesday. PETA called on Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson to bring cruelty charges against the zoo.
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The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth was negligent in allowing 13 or 14 animals to die during the flood Wednesday. PETA called on Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson to bring cruelty charges against the zoo.

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