On Saturday 31st of March we will join other local groups to peacefully demonstrate outside Twycross Zoo. This is for Freedom for Animals’ ‘zoo awareness weekend’.
We will be there to highlight many concerning and upsetting aspects that come with keeping wild animals captive.
Every year zoos across the UK, Europe and worldwide cull excess animals, especially males and unwanted offspring. Each year many animals are bred and have offspring yet the zoo’s populations don’t grow at the same rate. This is due to compensatory culling. Animals with characteristics which are undesired or simply surplus animals are killed. Why would they do this? Babies bring in customers. More customers means more money.
For example, Longleat Safari Park have a famous pride of lions which they let breed out of control causing much of the group to be shot: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-26115468
A large proportion of animals in zoos are not endangered so are simply kept there as an attraction, just like animals in circuses. The spaces zoos provide is minuscule compared to that of their natural territories. Enclosures are usually thousands and thousands times smaller than their natural ranges. Cheap and easy diets are often a problem for the captive animals too leading to many unnecessary illnesses, not seen in their wild members of the same species.
Keeping animals in cages comes at a cost. Seen when Woburn safari park was responsible for 13 Patas Monkeys dying in a fire when their enclosure caught fire: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/woburn-safari-park-fire-latest-patas-monkeys-die-killed-bedfordshire-animals-dead-a8137456.html
Are zoos there for conservation? It is a rare sight when any zoo around the world releases a single animal back into the wild. Ask them for yourself and some specific examples.
Here’s some information on this from the Born Free Foundation: http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoo-check/uk-zoos/zoo-conservation/do-zoos-help-conservation/
If you want to know more information on this cruelty, Freedom for Animals have a great section on their website:
Join us for a 3 hour demonstration. Bring signs or we can provide them.
See you there!