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.”
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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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.
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.
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.
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!
Urgent! Sign This Petition to Shut Down Indonesian Zoo Where Animals are Starving
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
It has taken hundreds of years, but we’re finally starting to recognize that elephants do not thrive in captivity. We’ve witnessed the death of countless captive infants, watched these gentle giants sway back and forth in a mindless haze, and seen too many elephants euthanized due to foot conditions to be able to honestly think zoos have any beneficial value to these animals. Yet, despite this heartbreaking knowledge, facilities that profit from holding these animals, notably zoos and other attractions, refuse to put an end to displaying elephants. Rather, many are choosing to “improve” the conditions of elephants’ captivity. In the U.S., rules dictating that zoo elephants must have a companion have been made – but this hardly relieves the complete suffering of these animals.
In an effort to make life for visitors … err, we mean elephants … better, the Fuji Safari Park has built a 213-foot pool for their Asian elephants. Given the summer heat, the pool is a great relief for these animals. But there is one pretty HUGE problem with this “solution” … it is tailored more to improve the experience of paying customers more than the actual elephants.
The addition of the pool has been lauded as a great attraction for visitors. Thanks to the transparent walls, people can watch the elephant’s legs moving and see them use their trunks as a snorkel!
Wow … “natural” elephant behavior at its finest…
Sure this pool provides these elephants with a much-needed diversion … but it hardly improves the fact that after this animal gets out of the pool, they will return to standing on hard concrete, mindlessly, for hours.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, “The inspiration behind the glass swimming pool came from images of elephants in the ocean. The zoo wanted to show tourists that the animals can actually swim, something many were unaware of.” We don’t think there are enough facepalms to do that comment justice…
Aside from the blatant fact that this pool was built to draw in tourists – not really to, you know, keep the elephants from becoming too mentally or physically distraught, using the justification that they were inspired by elephants in the ocean is just ridiculous. Yes, elephants enjoy swimming in bodies of water, but you would be hard-pressed to find a wild elephant willingly venturing into the ocean. The salt water is harsh on their skin and eyes and being exposed to the sun without shade is extremely uncomfortable for them. The only case you would see an elephant swimming in the ocean is if that animal has been broken and trained to do so – hardly a behavior that should be replicated for “educational” purposes. It almost seems as if they couldn’t afford to keep captive orcas, so they just put their elephants in a pool to make up for it!
It seems that the highlights of the Fuji Safari Park doesn’t end with swimming elephants, but they also offer opportunities for visitors to “cuddle lion cubs” under the watchful eye of zookeepers. (We won’t get into what’s so wrong with this now, but if you’d like to learn more, click here.)
It is extremely clear that this added attraction is nothing more than that, a show for people, not a genuine addition to benefit of elephants. Asian elephants are in grave danger of extinction and if we continue to treat them as nothing more than props to make money from, they will disappear from the wild within the next 20 years. As consumers, it is up to us to see through these sham “animal welfare” scams and work to put an end to the cruelty. The easiest way to make this happen is to stop paying to see animals suffer. Share this article and encourage others to boycott this safari park and all other facilities that profit from captivity.
Animals belong in the wild, not tanks, cages, or enclosures decorated with fake trees. It’s time we stood up to #EmptyTheCages.
A roadside zoo has allegedly been mistreating its animals for years. The USDA has cited the zoo for not providing adequate veterinary care, shelter or enrichment. Despite all these warnings, the zoo has apparently done nothing to clean up its act. Sign this petition to demand the zoo retire all its animals to accredited sanctuaries.
A polar bear is allegedly enduring scorching hot temperatures year-round in an enclosure that is much too small. Demand this bear be moved to a more appropriate living setting at once.
A filthy roadside zoo continues to neglect and abuse its animals despite numerous citations from the USDA. The zoo has been cited for not providing adequate veterinary care or clean water, and for a variety of other atrocities. Sign this petition and demand the USDA shut down this zoo.