Fast Fact: In 2014 a Danish zoo sparked worldwide condemnation when it killed a healthy young giraffe, chopped it to pieces and fed it to the zoo’s lions while visitors looked on. The zoo said the action was necessary to “prevent inbreeding.”
- A common argument in defence of zoos is “How would we learn about these animals if we can’t see them in zoos?” To that we counter, how do we know so much about dinosaurs yet not a single person has seen a living dinosaur in over 65 million years?
- Animals in zoos spend their entire lives in cages; many separated from their families and kept captive in countries where they do not natively belong, subjected to weather conditions they are not genetically equipped to cope with.
- It is not uncommon to see animals exhibiting signs of boredom and stress such as swaying and pacing, shaking cages and excessively making noise, effectively screaming ‘get me out of here’!
- There is nothing natural about seeing these animals in cages and any perceived educational value is questionable. What can we really learn from an animal taken from its natural habitat and forced to live in an artificial environment for his or her entire life?
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!