A zoo in northeast New Jersey says it won’t be participating in a circus show because of allegations of animal cruelty.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture says that while it welcomes the zoo’s show, the decision to ban it does not meet state law.
The state says the zoo has a “continuous violation of the Animal Welfare Act.”
It says the animal show was scheduled for Monday, but it will now go forward at a different location.
Animal control says the show was not scheduled for a different time and is not currently scheduled for that time.
It says it notified the zoo in late April that it was canceling the show.
The department says the circus was not in violation of state animal welfare laws.
The zoo says it had a permit from the state that allowed the circus to use a specific area.