On November 14th 2013, the owner of mobile zoo company, Tropical Inc., was convicted of 34 offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and a further handful of offences under regulations designed to prevent illegal trade in endangered species. Following a whistleblower approaching CAPS in December 2012 with details of the horrific conditions that animals were kept in by the company, the RSPCA and police were informed, a warrant obtained and over 70 animals were seized. These animals, at least, are now safe. [READ MORE]
Despite the convictions, the owner of Tropical Inc. was not banned from keeping animals in the future and, shockingly, he is legally allowed to continue to operate his company – renting animals out for parties and events. We believe this is unacceptable and decided that something must be done to tackle this industry so that no more animals suffer like those kept at Tropical Inc.
Despite using thousands of individual animals for commercial purposes, the vast majority of mobile zoos are completely unregulated, making the animals used by them extremely vulnerable.
Research carried out by CAPS in 2016 revealed that around 187 companies were hiring animals out for parties, events and school talks. At least 3,500 animals are held by such companies but this figure is likely to be conservative as it has been gleaned from information put into the public domain by the companies themselves, and not from full stock lists for all businesses.
A dedicated website www.mobilezoo.org.uk has been set up to educate parents and teachers about the animal and child welfare issues surrounding mobile zoos, with accompanying materials to download and a short film (see below) which supporters are being encouraged to share to help to raise awareness. Please take the time now to explore the new site, learn more about the mobile zoo industry and share the details of this important campaign with your friends and family.
Sincere thanks to: Tony Husband, Harriet Carmichael, Glued Films, Papertank, Suzie Wright and our generous supporters who donated to the mobile zoo appeal for your vital contributions to the launch of this campaign.