THE FACTS ON MASSACHUSETTS FRANKLIN PARK AND STONEHAM ZOOS NOT BEING TOLD IN THE BOSTON MEDIA. FAILED PRIVATE TAKEOVER OF A PUBLIC ASSET ABOUT TO COVERED UP BY HIRING OF POLITICALLY CONNECTED RASKY BAERELIN LOBBYING FIRM?
Years ago the Zoos were taken off the state budget and given to this a so called private contracted group. The legislature was told that millions in donations and grants would flow in once the state gave the Zoos away. The state would only have to subsidize the Zoos for a few years and no tax dollars would then be needed. That did not happen and the fooled legislature and taxpayers continued to pay unaccountable millions over the years.
This all happened outside the State Ethics Commission, Open Meeting Laws, and Freedom of Information Act. There needs to be a new state seizure of both the Stone and Franklin Park Zoos.
State government must be held accountable to do a complete economic analysis, performance and financial audit with those being held responsible for this mismanagement and waste, fraud and abuse if found.
The so called Zoo Society crowd that has stated threats to kill the animals and blame the legislature and governor for their financial failures is a moral outrage. The so called privatized Zoo crying poor managers are now hiring high priced political lobbyists like Larry Rasky and Joe Baerelinand for public relations and lobbying to do damage control to get more after having failed is a further affront to any credibility? Therefore,the Zoo disaster should immediately be dealt with a state takeover to insure animals safety, tax and contributions are not further failed, so the citizens and animals are served.