We believe that wild animals belong in their natural habitat and should not be caged for our entertainment.
We believe that wild animals in zoos suffer physically and mentally as their complex social, behavioural and physical needs cannot be met in unnatural manmade environments. Many animals in zoos show signs of distress, such as pacing or rocking backwards and forwards repeatedly. Experts say that this abnormal behaviour is caused by the stresses of being held captive.
We believe that zoos can be damaging to conservation efforts. Effective conservation is carried out by working in the animals’ natural habitat to protect individuals and entire ecosystems. Zoos do not save species from extinction. Instead, they divert much-needed attention away from important conservation work in the wild.
Presenting animals to zoo visitors as living exhibits teaches children that animals can be manipulated in order to fulfill our own curiosity about them. It suggests that animals have no right to be treated as individuals who think and feel for themselves. It fails to recognise that animals have their own needs to be met, for their own purposes.
LEARN MORE about zoos.
The Fight for Flight: The campaign to end the mutilation of birds in zoos [READ MORE]
White Lion Cruelty (Investigation): Inbred lion cubs from UK zoo sent to Japanese circus [READ MORE]
Zoos, Drugs and Rock & Roll (Investigation): Port Lympne Safari Park exposed for hosting drug and alcohol-fuelled dance festival which put animals and visitors at risk [READ MORE]
A Licence to Suffer: Groundbreaking report lays bare legal failings of the zoo licensing system in England [READ MORE]
Visit our CAMPAIGNS page to find out more on our work for animals.
This video, produced in 2009, takes a critical look at the zoo industry and the lives of animals in captivity:
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