Managing Director at the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, JSPCA, Pamela Lawson, says more can be done by the management of Jamaica Zoo to enhance the exhibits animals are showcased in.

Her comments come following a multi agency visit to the attraction yesterday.

The visit to the St. Elizabeth-based Zoo comes amid a video, which has since gone viral on social media, showing a lion at the facility ripping off the finger of a man the Zoo has described as a contractor.

Ms. Lawson says its evident more can be done to protect animals showcased there.

She says the JSPCA and the National Environment and Planning Agency, NEPA, are preparing a report.

Ms. Lawson says she believes the public is entitled to know the contents of the report once it’s completed.

Pamela Lawson, Managing Director at the Jamaica Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

NEPA, in its own assessment, has since said Jamaica Zoo failed to comply with its licenses to operate the facility.

It says it found issues related to animal health and animal welfare which needed to be addressed.


Meanwhile, Environmentalist, Diana McCaulay says NEPA does not have the capacity to monitor the island’s zoo facilities.

The Former Chairman of the Jamaica Environment Trust , JET, told Nationwide’s This Morning that this concern was raised before with NEPA.

Ms McCaulay says an audit should be done into the operations of Jamaica’s zoo facilities.

Environmentalist, Diana McCaulay.