TAMPA, Fla: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay has received the Humane Certified seal awarded by American Humane.
American Humane has implemented a rigorous certification program that allows visitors to recognize the best zoos and aquariums in the world. The Humane Certified seal guarantees that the facilities meet the highest standards of animal care.
American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of the welfare and humane treatment of animals in working, entertainment, and other environments.
Busch Gardens has passed rigorous and lengthy expert third-party audits to earn this certification. As a result of meeting the many outcomes-based welfare requirements of the program, this park now joins a select group of 20 leading US institutions to qualify for this certification.
The program applies rigorous, scientific and comprehensive criteria for animal welfare, developed by an independent scientific advisory board composed of world-renowned leaders in the fields of animal science and behavior and animal ethics.
“The public is rightly demanding that animals in human care are receiving objectively and verifiably good treatment in conditions that meet scientifically based welfare criteria,” said Kwane Stewart, DVM, chief veterinary officer for the American Humane Conservation program.
Kwane Stewart congratulates Busch Gardens, for having voluntarily opened its doors for in-depth reviews, including extensive assessments of animal protection conditions and practices for approximately 12,000 animals prepared by a team of independent auditors.
“We are proud to be certified by American Humane for the animal care we provide each day,” said Jeff Andrews, vice president of Zoological Operations and Conservation Education at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. “Beyond maintaining exceptional standards, the zoo team at Busch Gardens continually seeks new ways to enrich the lives of the animals at our park and improve animal welfare.”
The American Humane Conservation program’s area of evaluation includes excellent health and excellent housing; positive social interactions within groups of animals, as well as between animals and the people who handle them. Safe and stimulating environments, with concerns such as appropriate lighting, noise levels, air quality, and thermoregulation.
The program also examines the proof of careful preparation and established protocols for the prevention and management of medical or operational emergencies.
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