PETA Calls for Investigation, Charges at Honolulu Zoo for Tiger Escape

(KHNL) -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate how a 245-pound Sumatran tiger at the Honolulu Zoo escaped Thursday.

PETA is also asking the USDA to assess the zoo all applicable fines and penalities for any violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

PETA says the zoo violated two sections of the AWA dealing with the safe handling of animals and the integrity of the zoo's structures.

According to reports, Berani pushed his way through two gates and entered into an unsecured area of the zoo February 21.  Berani walked past a female volunteer before entering a secured area where he was finally contained.

Berani's escape marks the second reported tiger escape at an accredited U.S. zoo in less than three months.

On Christmas day, a Siberian tiger at the San Francisco Zoo escaped, killing one person and seriously injured two others.