Zoo Awareness Weekend 2017: Get Involved!


Every year our annual event to raise awareness of the plight of animals held captive in zoos takes place over Easter weekend.

What is wrong with zoos?

  • Animals are routinely culled in zoos, many of them healthy individuals who are no longer wanted by the zoo
  • Stereotypic behaviours are abnormal behaviours often exhibited by animals in zoos – pacing, rocking, swaying and even self-harming are all signs of stress commonly seen in captive animals
  • Even the best enclosures in zoos cannot replicate wild animals’ natural habitat – animals are forced to live in a different climate, habitat, unable to exhibit natural behaviours such as raising a family and hunting. Many animals would roam miles everyday in the wild which is simply impossible in zoos.
  • Our investigations into zoos have exposed neglect, ill animals left untreated, links with the animal circus industry, exposed festivals held in zoos causing animals stress, junk food fed to animals and much more.

Please join us in speaking up for the voiceless, the often forgotten animals who live a life so far from what they would live naturally in the wild.

Take action over Zoo Awareness Weekend!

  • Hold a demonstration at your local zoo! Contact campaigns@captiveanimals.org if you can organise one!
  • Distribute leaflets in your local area. Just contact us and we will send them out to you.
  • Hold a fundraising event to support our zoo campaigns
  • Take part in online actions over Easter weekend – we will be releasing details of these on our Facebook page
  • Use #coninconservation and retweet our posts on twitter over the weekend
  • Write to your local paper about zoos
  • Hold an information stall in your town centre, local library or school
  • Volunteer on a street collection to raise funds. Contact Nicola@captiveanimals.org if you can hold one. We will help you organise it and provide collection tins etc.
  • Keep an eye out for Easter petting zoo events and tell us if you see one advertised click here and for more ideas on opposing mobile zoos see here
  • Oppose mobile zoo events on the event pages

These events can be held in your school, workplace, at home, with friends or on the streets in your town! If you want to get involved email campaigns@captiveanimals.org We will supply materials and support to make your event a meaningful one for the animals!

To get involved, organise an event and let us know or contact us to be put in touch with local campaign groups.
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