Nearly Naked PETA Members Ask Australians to Let Exploited Captive Animals ‘Show Their True Colours’

For Immediate Release:
5 September 2012

Melbourne – Covered from head to toe in little more than brightly coloured bodypaint and holding banners reading, “Let Animals Show Their True Colours – Boycott the Zoo,” members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Australia will protest at the Melbourne Zoo on Thursday:

Date:   Thursday, 6 September
Time:  12 noon
Place:  Outside the Melbourne Zoo, Elliott Avenue entrance

In the wild, many animals spend their entire lives with their close-knit families, but in zoos, animals are usually separated from their families when they are babies. They are sentenced to a lifetime of boredom, loneliness and abuse – which often leads to self-mutilation and other abnormal and self-destructive behaviour called “zoochosis”. Zoos claim that they educate people and preserve species, but they rarely succeed on either count. Instead, they present visitors with a distorted view of wildlife. In the wild, many animals roam territories that are hundreds of square kilometres in size, but the entire Melbourne Zoo measures only 22 hectares. Even the biggest zoos cannot provide the space, exercise, privacy and mental stimulation that the animals they hold captive need – much less fulfil the other complex needs of these animals.

“The animals at the Melbourne Zoo are denied those things which are natural and important to them”, says PETA’s Jason Baker, who recommends documentaries, books and websites as the best ways to learn about animals. “These animals are bred or captured for a lifetime of loneliness and misery, and the best way to help stop their suffering is to boycott the zoo.”

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