London Zoo’s stubborn insistence on not cancelling its “Zoo Lates” events – in which around 6,000 visitors pour into the zoo in the evening, during the animals’ usual resting hours, drink alcohol, sing and shout along to music – reveals the institution’s true priorities. Like all zoos, it’s more concerned with making money than safeguarding the animals it keeps captive.
Allegations that one visitor poured beer on a tiger, another fell and “accidentally” punched a bird and yet another asked a staff member “Which penguin can I fight?” are apparently not enough … Read more.
Letting drunken humans spend a night out in a zoo was never going to be a good idea. The City of Westminster is investigating a series of reported incidents at London Zoo’s “Zoo Lates”, including allegations that visitors stripped off and attempted to enter the penguin pool, poured beer over a tiger and got “touchy feely” with baby penguins.
These idiotic acts aren’t the only reasons why the Zoo Lates are a deeply distressing experience for the animals on display. The noise levels from the crowds are much louder than anything to … Read more.
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
“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.
The public killing of Marius, the 18-month-old giraffe, at Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday, which caused public outcry around the world, prompted PETA Germany to send its own message to the zoo’s managers.
The group projected this enormous message in lights at the entrance to the zoo last night:
Marius’ death should be a wake-up call for anyone who still harbours the illusion that zoos serve any purpose beyond incarcerating intelligent animals for profit. What happened in Copenhagen this weekend shocked the world – but zoos around the world quietly kill “surplus” … Read more.
Yesterday, Marius, an 18-month-old giraffe, was killed by the Copenhagen Zoo and fed to lions, as he was considered useless for breeding.
This is no surprise. Zoos, including those in Britain, will often breed animals in captivity and create babies in an effort to keep drawing in paying visitors – yet often, there’s nowhere to put the offspring as they grow, and they are destroyed.
Wildlife documentaries have opened people’s eyes to the fact that a zoo is just an animal prison. The death of Marius should be a wake-up call … Read more.
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.
After months of build-up, Edinburgh Zoo has at last admitted today that its giant panda, Tian Tian, is not pregnant.
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.
Reading the story of a baby elephant in a Chinese zoo who wept for five hours after his mother twice tried to kill him yesterday almost made us cry, too.
The newborn calf sustained injuries when his mother rejected and kicked him and had to be taken away from her. When zoo workers tried to return him to her enclosure a few hours later, the same thing happened again. It’s a tale of nature gone very wrong, and the blame lies not with the confused mother but with the humans who locked … Read more.
A senior zookeeper at Bristol Zoo has allegedly lashed out violently and punched a fur seal, simply because the animal put a flipper on a set of scales. It’s an upsetting headline, but it shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you consider that, to zoos, animals are simply commodities, to be imprisoned and exhibited for money.
Seals, sea lions and countless other intelligent, sensitive animals kept in zoos endure routine abuse. Locked in cages and forced to perform, they are denied not only their freedom but also the opportunity to … Read more.
Compassion and common sense won out this week when Leeds University cancelled plans to host a petting zoo on campus during exam season following an urgent letter that we sent to the university’s vice chancellor laying out the facts. And our call was backed up by many compassionate students, who also voiced objections. If you were one of them, thank you!
Animals don’t enjoy being dragged around the country and manhandled by strangers, and petting zoos contribute to a cruel cycle of breeding, abandonment and killing. Exhibitors take young animals on the … Read more.