Zoos – A Life of Misery
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.