Animal rights activists want Winnipeg zoo to shut down stingray exhibit

Assiniboine Park Zoo

Animal rights activists want the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg to permanently shut down its interactive stingray exhibit.

"Stingray Beach'' allows visitors to get up close to a shallow pool, and touch and feed the animals.

The zoo temporarily closed it down last week after three stingrays died and another three were injured because of natural, but aggressive, mating behaviour.

The randy cownose rays are being exposed to less daylight and colder water to try to fool them into thinking mating season has passed.

The zoo says it's won't permanently close the exhibit, which opened in May.

Danae Tonge, who organized a small protest held on Sunday, says the stingrays are being used for entertainment and aren't in a natural setting.