MYTH 5: ‘Zoos care’
Zoos care about one thing above all else: profit. Former zoo director David Hancocks guesses that less than 3% of a zoo’s budget goes to conservation, while the bulk goes towards “hi-tech exhibits and marketing efforts to lure visitors.” Zoos exist chiefly to put animals on show and make money from doing so. In this, zoos have more in common with an animal circus or marine park than they do with a sanctuary or natural habitat.
Humans have a great capability for kindness towards our fellow species. When we see an animal suffer, we jump to their aid, (just like the grand humans in this video did).
If zoos had the best interests of animals at heart, would they keep them in imprisonment at all? And if we as individuals have the best interests of animals at heart, will we continue to pay money to see them behind bars and glass walls?
NOTE: We acknowledge that every organisation has different animal welfare policies and this article is intended to inform the public about existing zoo practices and may not apply to all zoological parks. We hope that it will encourage individuals to ask questions and to seek out organisations that align with their own values about the treatment of animals.
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