Zoos – A Life of Misery

Intelligent Animals Suffer in ZoosRommelManuel
There is no excuse for keeping thinking, feeling animals in cages just for a few fleeting moments of amusement. Most zoo exhibits provide animals with little, if any, opportunity to express their natural behaviour or to make choices about their daily lives, often leading to intense boredom and neurosis. With nothing to do, animals in zoos sleep too much, eat too much and exhibit “stereotypic” (ie, neurotic) actions that are rarely, if ever, seen in the wild. These include self-mutilation, licking and chewing on fences, repetitively bobbing their heads, pacing and swaying from side to side.

Zoos know that nothing brings paying customers through their gates faster than cute baby animals. But breeding programmes – which often operate under the misleading cover of “species preservation” – inevitably result in a surplus of adult animals who are less crowd-pleasing. So zoos routinely trade, lend, sell, barter and warehouse adult animals they no longer want.

In 2009, it was discovered that Dubbo’s Taronga Western Plains Zoo had sold 24 endangered blackbuck antelopes to a member of the Shooters Party for as little as $160 per animal so that he could breed them and use the species for trophy hunting on a private game reserve. The zoo stated that the animals were “not required” in its collection.

Zoos will only stop breeding and capturing more animals from the wild if their financial support disappears, so the most important way to save animals from imprisonment is to simply stay away from zoos – and urge everyone you know to do the same.

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