'World's worst zoo' in Croatia set to close

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A zoo in Croatia labelled the 'worst in the world' by tourists is set to close.

The Split Science Museum and Zoo in Split, Croatia will relocate the animals to various zoos, Mayor Goran Kovacevic of the city said.

According to the Daily Mail, a number of complaints were made by visitors about the animals looking depressed and living in dirty cages.

The Independent reports that the monkeys will be sent to Germany, while it has not been confirmed where the 14-year-old tiger will go.

One TripAdvisor reviewer wrote: "This is a terrible place for animals that live in small cages, look shabby and depressed."

Another wrote: "I do not get how it is still open ... All in all, a terrible experience."

In 2012, British singer Morrissey, former frontman of The Smiths, called on the Indonesian government to immediately close down a zoo in eastern Java that was described as a "death camp" for animals.

The Surabaya Zoo came under fire over the ill treatment and care of its animals, 500 of which died there in 2010 and 2011.

A letter written by animal rights activist Morrissey was made available to the AFP news service by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

It said: "Your ministry called for a change at the Surabaya Zoo, but no improvements have been made.

"There can be no justification for seemingly endless debates and delays while animals continue to suffer and die. Please take immediate action to close the Surabaya Zoo and transfer its animals to more suitable environments."

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