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Statement from AZA on the American Humane Association’s Humane Conservation Program

Silver Spring, MD – Recently, the American Humane Association announced a new Humane Conservation program that includes certifying the welfare of animals at zoos and aquariums. Kris Vehrs, Interim President & CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, issued the following statement regarding AHA’s announcement:

“The Association of Zoos and Aquariums supports any program that improves animal welfare. AZA’s 233 members have been providing state of the art animal care and welfare for decades, and are monitored by the AZA accreditation process. AZA’s accreditation program focuses on animal health, welfare and wellbeing; safety for the animals, visitors and staff; financial stability; conservation and education programs; staffing levels and competencies; and governance structure. AZA members are also regulated by numerous federal and state agencies. AZA members have long advocated at the federal and state level for higher standards of animal care and welfare, and will continue to do so.”

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and seven other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Members of AZA are leaders in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit

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