Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express
Activists see red over transfer of elephant calves to from Mysuru zoo Singapore – The New Indian Express
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BENGALURU/ MYSURU: The move to transfer four elephant calves from Mysuru zoo to Singapore zoo has drawn the ire of wildlife organisations and activists. They say any such activity is banned and illegal under the prevailing norms. The elephant calves are presently in Mysuru zoo waiting to be airlifted to Singapore as the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) has not given permission. On January 25, these calves were handed over to the zoo where they have been kept captive for the last 27 days.

Questioning the exchange of calves, various members of the conservation community say, “This is an illegal procedure. Zoos are actually discouraged from keeping elephants …so how can they take four calves from a forest camp and export them as zoo animals? The calves brought from the Rampura Elephant Camp in Bandipur are not owned by Mysore zoo. When such is the case, how can the zoo transfer them to Singapore zoo? Selling elephants in the form of transfer/exchange/gift, etc., is banned and illegal.”

Mysuru zoo director C Ravi Shankar told Express, “We have applied for permission to CZA, but are yet to get it. We are adhering to all norms and as soon as we get permission, we will send them to Singapore.”
Prakash Saha, co-founder, Elsa Foundation, adds, “It violates the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. How can the Forest Department give young calves from their camp? They have forcefully separated the calves which have lived with their mother and other herd members in the camp. With this act, the protectors have made them orphans by allowing the calves to be sent to a cramped and commercial Singapore zoo which keeps animals for entertainment.”

The Elsa Foundation has submitted a representation to both the Forest Department and CZA. “We have requested them to immediately stop this transfer as it is in total violation of the laws and against the conservation of the species.” said Saha.Meanwhile, a senior forest official told Express that exchange programmes are going on regularly between zoos and if Singapore zoo is giving them rhinos, Mysuru zoo will have to give some animals in exchange. However, he added, “The Forest Department does not get involved in this unless it becomes an issue.”

In 2004-05, then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had intervened and stopped the transfer of an elephant calf, Veda, from Bannerghatta to an unsuitable zoo in Armenia as a government gift. This action saved many elephants from such a distressing fate. Subsequently, in 2009, a ban was introduced by CZA on gifting elephants to zoos.

As per CZA notification, 2009, all elephants are banned from zoo collections throughout the country and all captive ones should be rehabilitated in elephant camps/rehabilitation camps/facilities available with the Forest Department at protected areas. Since the mega-herbivores are free-ranging animals, needing lot of space for their free movement over long distances, such a directive was passed.



.Central zoo authority, Member secretary Dr.d.n Singh, Maneka gandhi, PMO: Stop the Illegal and Inhumane transfer of elephants to the zoo


Stop Zoo From Killing Healthy Animals

Nine healthy baby lions have been needlessly killed at a zoo in Sweden. Demand that this zoo change its cruel policy of putting animals down simply to save money or resources.

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Save Elderly Lion From Slowly Starving to Death | Animal Petitions

A 17 year-old lion named Juboraj has spent much of his life in a cage with no companions as the Comilla Zoo’s star attraction. However, now that his health is in declined due to his advanced age, zoo officials have decided to move the lion out of public view and appear to be allowing him to languish and starve to death. The poor animals deserves for better treatment and we must demand that he be relocated at once. Concern zoo-goers first noticed the lion’s deteriorating condition in recent weeks, with photographs emerging showing his peotruding spine and hip bones.

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Stop Imprisoning Elephants at Zoo After Bong Su the Elephant Euthanized

Bong Su the elephant has tragically been euthanized because of his crippling arthritis, likely caused by years of endless pacing in his cramped zoo environment. This is yet another sign that zoos are no place for these intelligent and sensitive creatures. Sign this petition to call for the end of the inhumane exploitation of elephants in captivity and justice for Bong Su.

Source: Stop Imprisoning Elephants at Zoo After Bong Su the Elephant Euthanized

Petition Update: STOP THE DEATHS! Close Down South Lakes Safari Zoo Cumbria U.K, United Kingdom

Only a few more days to sign this petition before it closes327,298 have signed the Goal Is 330,000  The meeting is soon to review.

Hurricane Irma: Zoos, Wildlife Centers Hunker Down as Historic Storm Reaches Florida

Exposing the Big Game

As Hurricane Irma’s powerful winds began hitting the Florida Keys on Saturday, many animals — including howler monkeys, dingoes and turtles — were safely tucked away in their shelters or elsewhere.

Zoos and conservation centers in South Florida moved their animals to safety earlier in the week as forecasts for the Sunshine State grew increasingly dire.

At the Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society in West Palm Beach, workers began moving smaller animals into facilities that doubled as hurricane shelters on Wednesday morning, said its communications director, Naki Carter.

“We are prepared for the worst and hopeful for the best,” Carter said. “We are preparing for a Category 5 to make direct impact with our zoo.”

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The zoo’s tiger, jaguar, bear and Komodo dragon populations would be staying put, she said, because their habitats already double as hurricane shelters.

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Zoo Animals Stolen And Eaten During Venezuela Food Shortage | Care2 Causes

Please sign petition  at the end of the article for Raperta the African elephant who is sick and neglected to be relocated  to a sanctuary where she can get the  care she needs.

petition: Ontario: Stop Letting Zoos Get Away With Animal Cruelty

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Petition: Demand closure of UK zoo where 486 animals died, United Kingdom

Zoo Owners Who Fed Live Donkey to Tigers Must be Punished

Zoo owners threw a live donkey in the tiger enclosure as a protest against a court decision they didn’t like. The owners are not facing charges and have threatened to throw a sheep into the enclosure. Demand authorities arrest and prosecute the zoo owners for this sick act of abuse.

Source: Zoo Owners Who Fed Live Donkey to Tigers Must be Punished

Petition: Save Ruperta the Sick and Starving Elephant From Impoverished Zoo – ForceChange

Petition: UK, Overhaul Your Zoo Licensing and Monitoring Systems!

Punish Zoo Curator Accused of Neglecting Zoo Animals

Manyzoo animals were allegedly neglected and abused under a zoo curator’s care. Demand this case be investigated and that this curator be given the harshest legal sentence possible if he is found guilty of such abuse.

Source: Punish Zoo Curator Accused of Neglecting Zoo Animals

Woohoo! Authorities Deny License Renewal for Horrific Zoo Where Over 500 Animals Died | One Green Planet

Natasha Brooks
March 7, 2017

Little makes us happier than seeing dedicated animal lovers create change in the world, and today we are over the moon with joy because a dreadful UK zoo has been denied its renewal license thanks to public pressure!

The South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton, Cumbria has long been under fire for its astonishing neglect, abuse, and murder of innocent animals. Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS) has been a voice for the animals, diligently investigating this zoo. Reports detailing the events that occurred within its confines are some of the most gruesome and devastating we have ever heard.

Perhaps the most well-known of these tragedies is the death of zookeeper Sarah McClay, who was mauled to death by a tiger. Despite her family’s requests to not kill the tiger, the animal was euthanized with no documented reason why.

Other shocking crimes of neglect have included the electrocution of a tortoise, a squirrel monkey rotting behind a radiator, and two snow leopards who were found partially eaten! Likely suffering from zoochosis, a jaguar chewed off its own paw! Additionally, seven lion cubs and five baboons were murdered with no reason given other than there was not enough space at the zoo. A rhinoceros was crushed to death and a giraffe was killed after collapsing.

These heartbreaking reports are just the tip of the iceberg. In just four years from 2013-2016, 486 innocent animals died at South Lakes Safari Zoo. CAPS’ representatives say the crimes at the zoo are some of the absolute worst cases of animal cruelty they have seen in sixty years.

Thankfully, after CAPS’s investigations and persistent outcries from concerned animal lovers, this terrible facility has had its renewal license denied. The council describes the zoo’s owner, David Gill, as “not a fit and suitable person” to manage the facilities and properly care for the animals.

Although this is a major victory for animal rights, the fight has not ended. Gill still has the option to appeal this license denial. Although our fingers are crossed the governing council will continue to rule in favor of humane practices, we still need to keep our voices heard.

Please share this story with your friends and family and encourage them to stand up for zoo animals!


Petition: President Widodo, Shut down Bandung Zoo now.

Urgent! Sign This Petition to Shut Down Indonesian Zoo Where Animals are Starving | One Green Planet


Urgent! Sign This Petition to Shut Down Indonesian Zoo Where Animals are Starving

Kat Smith
January 18, 2017

It is a wonder how Bandung Zoo, located on the island of Java in Indonesia, is still in business. The zoo gained infamy when Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, a non-profit that fights illegal wildlife trafficking and for the living conditions of zoo animals in Indonesia, released a video where starving sun bears in a concrete pen are begging for food from visitors. Just seeing the sorry condition of these animals is enough to bring tears to your eyes. This is just one of Bandung Zoo’s many offenses against their captive animals. In May of 2016, Yani, the zoo’s 34-year-old captive Sumatran elephant, who had been unable to stand for over a week, died shedding tears with chains shackled to her feet. Prior to that, the zoo’s resident giraffe died unexpectedly. When an autopsy of his body was performed, 40 pounds of trash were discovered in his stomach. Animals in Bandung Zoo live in sad, filthy concrete pens with little to no enrichment.
This video shows the zoo’s sun bears standing on their hind legs, begging for food from visitors. They are visibly emaciated and in desperate pain.

Yet, the zoo is currently ranked number 75 on Trip Advisor’s list of things to do in the region — but why? Regardless of whether or not you are a big animal lover, to recommend that people visit a zoo where the animals are so neglected that they must turn to handouts of junk food from visitors is an act that is lacking in any common sense.

According to a report in The Sun, the carnivores only get fed when New Zealand sends over food parcels. While this is a heartfelt act, it is the responsibility of the zoo to ensure the best possible care for their animals — and if they cannot/will not manage that, then the animals should be sent to sanctuary homes.

How can Trip Advisor be so blind to the zoo’s captive animals whose suffering is so obvious that commenters are speaking out on their page? One commenter, FlyawayAZ, described his trip to the zoo: “Animals thin and in poor condition. In many cases they are in extremely small cages with no natural materials. Old, rusty cages… but most importantly was the sadness of the animals in small, cement pens.”

The best possible course of action that we can take is to put pressure on President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, and his Minister of Environment and Forestry, Siti Nurbaya Baka to shut down the zoo once and for all and to ensure that all its captive animals are given a fresh start at either a sanctuary or conservation center.

Sign this petition and let it be known that you will not stand for this abhorrent treatment of animals. Share this post and encourage others to do the same!

Lead image source: Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group/YouTube


Stop Selling Endangered Wildlife for Food and Pets


Endangered species are being openly served as specialty dishes while wild animals are sold to tourists as pets, in a Peruvian town. Demand that Peru put an end to these cruel activities by fiercely enforcing bans on selling wild game and selling wild animals as pets.

Source: Stop Selling Endangered Wildlife for Food and Pets

Release Tigers Imprisoned for 12 Years With Almost No Sunlight


For over a decade, four tigers have been stuck inside a concrete enclosure with limited sunlight. Ensure they are finally released to an accredited sanctuary.

Source: Release Tigers Imprisoned for 12 Years With Almost No Sunlight

Petition · Max Sieben Baucus: Pizza the Polar Bear needs our help! ·

Zoo Holding “World’s Saddest Polar Bear” Must Not Imprison More Animals

 mall already notorious for imprisoning the “world’s saddest polar bear” has announced plans to acquire other endangered species for the amusement of shoppers. Demand that these precious animals be spared a life of captivity in the confines of these cruel and inhumane exhibits.


Source: Zoo Holding “World’s Saddest Polar Bear” Must Not Imprison More Animals        


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Close Stressful Zoo Where Giraffe Died of Panic Attack

A young giraffe has died of a panic attack at a zoo while being loaded onto a truck in Taiwan. Demand that the zoo be shut down immediately before more animals suffer the same sad fate.

Source: Close Stressful Zoo Where Giraffe Died of Panic Attack

Petition · President Widodo, Shut down the Bandung Zoo now! ·

Petition: Justice for Hadiah, Hope, Mopani and 18 other animals! Investigate the Baton Rouge Zoo

Petition: Free Billy the Elephant from His Lonely, Cramped Life at the L.A. Zoo


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