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  • 14
  • Feb

Marius Isn’t the Only One: 6 Other Animals Who Recently Died Needlessly in Captivity

Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe killed by a zoo in Denmark, isn’t the only animal who recently died for no reason in captivity. These are just a few examples of the other animals who have also lost their lives:

January 2014: Louisa the lioness and her four cubs

Lioness and cubs were put down at Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park” by alljengi | CC BY-SA 2.0

Whistleblowers revealed that Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire killed the family of lions with a tranquiliser gun, citing inbreeding as the reason why it was done. Of course, it was the … Read more.


  • 10
  • Feb

Why Are These Penguins Taking Antidepressants?

depressed penguins

Image: “Penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre” by petercooperuk / CC BY-SA 2.0

Short answer: Because they’re being kept in captivity in a zoo, thousands of miles from where they belong.

It was reported this week that the Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Sanctuary have been prescribed antidepressants because they’re so unhappy.

Staff at the centre admitted that the penguins are not adapted to the rainy British climate, which is drastically different from their natural environment on the coast of South America. As a result, the birds Read more.


  • 15
  • Oct

Tian Tian and the Panda Propaganda

After months of build-up, Edinburgh Zoo has at last admitted today that its giant panda, Tian Tian, is not pregnant.Breeding pandas in captivity is all about the money.

Long before this announcement, the news was awash with frivolous panda articles. Stories about panda love tunnels, hormone changes, mood music and even panda porn, all released by the Edinburgh Zoo, have helped the zoo to profit from these captive animals. Despite all the headline-grabbing mating gimmicks, the zoo failed to override the notoriously detrimental impact of captivity on the natural desire of the animals to breed.

The Edinburgh Zoo is … Read more.


  • 22
  • Mar

Knut, Dead at Age 4

Knut, the polar bear cub who was the toast of the Berlin Zoo four short years ago, is dead. He was only 4 years old. 

Months ago, PETA Germany had warned the head of the zoo that Knut was being terrorised by his three female companions, one being his mother, Tosca, (who had once been used in a circus.) He was under constant stress. PETA Germany repeatedly asked zoo authorities to move Knut away from the three females to a different location. Like most … Read more.


  • 14
  • Dec

Reindeer Display Launches at Covent Garden Despite Warning

© iStockPhoto / GlobalP

In the run-up to Christmas, London’s Covent Garden Market is displaying live reindeer for people to visit and touch, touting the animals as “Rudolph and his mates“. Reindeer who are used in seasonal displays become easily stressed and afraid when they are jostled and herded into trucks and transported for display around the country.

Reindeer are not domestic animals – they avoid people and retain their wild instincts in captivity. Reindeer who are used as props are denied the ability to engage in natural behaviour. They … Read more.


  • 02
  • Oct

How ‘Great’ Would the UK be in Gandhi’s Eyes?

Mahatma Gandhi once said that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated”. If he were alive today, how would Gandhi assess the UK? Are we “great” only in name, or do our actions make us a truly progressive nation? In honour of Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, let’s reflect on the positive strides we’ve made and contemplate what more we can do to achieve true greatness.

The UK introduced one of the first pieces of animal rights legislation in the world … Read more.


  • 03
  • Aug

Not All Animals Are ‘Party Animals’

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I’m no party pooper, but I was horrified to read about the party bloopers that London Zoo is planning for each weekend this month.

Those of us who share our homes with an animal companion already know how easily animals can become frightened by loud noises, flashing lights and crowds of strange people. So whoever came up with the idea of hosting a “silent disco” – a party in which attendees wear headphones to listen to music whilst they dance around – at London Zoo must have a severe … Read more.