- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) - A wildlife protection group says two African lionesses have been sent to a Colorado sanctuary, settling its lawsuit against a roadside zoo in northeast Iowa.

The Animal Legal Defense Fund said Wednesday that The Wild Animal Sanctuary took possession of the lions Monday. The sanctuary sits near Keenesburg, Colorado.

The organization and five Iowans sued Cricket Hollow Zoo in Manchester, Iowa, last month. They alleged the zoo confined the lions in small enclosures strewn with fly-laden meat and feces and said the animals’ treatment violated the Endangered Species Act.

Owners Pam and Tom Sellner say they’ve been unfairly maligned. On Thursday, she referred The Associated Press to a Facebook posting in which she said, among other things, that she thinks the lionesses are nothing more than trophies to the animal rights activists.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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