Minn. Zoo animals start smoke-free life Saturday
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|Not the Minn. Zoo, but you get the point.|
So why are they banning cigarettes in the great outdoors? Health concerns, zoo officials say. Oh and it makes the zoo cleaner because it's almost impossible to get a cigarette butt in a disposal container.
We're not sure if these are health concerns for the animals or the visiting humans, but we like to imagine it's an animal-run initiative. Watching a bone-thin tiger cough up a lung doesn't exactly sound worth the price of admission.
According to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal report, about two out of three zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums are smoke-free or have smoking zones.