In Ohio, the zoo that is part of a national chain, is now charging for admission and a “frequent visitor fee.”
And they are going after the zoo’s biggest fan base: the city of Columbus.
Columbus is not happy about this, with the zoo and the city’s mayor, Mike Duggan, both saying the charges are discriminatory and unconstitutional.
Duggan told ABC News: “The city of Cleveland does not support discrimination against the zoo.
This is discrimination against Columbus, and that’s why we filed this lawsuit.”
Columbia and Cincinnati have been locked in a long-running feud, with some arguing the city should not have been charged with any of the zoo charges, and others claiming the charges were unfair. “
We are proud to serve the Columbus community and we believe our zoo is a perfect example of what our community can accomplish when we work together.”
Columbia and Cincinnati have been locked in a long-running feud, with some arguing the city should not have been charged with any of the zoo charges, and others claiming the charges were unfair.
It was only after the charges became public, that the city changed its mind.
In March, Columbus voted to increase the number of zoos it was planning to open by more than 40%.
The city and zoo agreed to a contract, but the zoo is seeking a ruling on whether it should be allowed to continue operating.
“I believe the zoo was not charging the Columbus City Council in violation of any law or ordinance,” said zoo spokesman Jeff Grier.
Grier said the zoo will continue to operate but is asking the city to stop charging it fees for the “tourism” and “unfair” charges.
The zoo is not the only one.
An Atlanta-based zoo is suing to have the city and city council take legal action against it, arguing the charges violate the city charter and the state constitution.
A petition against the charges on Change.org has more than 3,600 signatures.
Read more about animal rights: In a statement, Columbus Mayor Mike Dugan said: “Columbus will not tolerate discrimination in our community and will not accept a charge that is discriminatory.
We are not going to stand by while the Columbus city council continues to charge fees to the zoo to benefit the tourism industry.”
The mayor added that he would be “open to hearing the legal arguments from the zoo”.
The Columbus Zoo is the largest and most-visited zoo in the US, with a population of more than 17,000 animals.
This is an important issue for the zoo, for our city and for all of us who cherish our parks and our communities.”