Researchers accuse 29 certified European zoos of gross neglect

Fictional image of zoo bear in unsuitable enclosure

Dozens of zoos across Europe including in Britain have been accused of gross neglect by a charity after an 18-month investigation which unearthed thousands of apparent breaches of animal welfare standards. The researchers visited 29 zoos and aquariums. They found, for example, elephants locked outside in the cold. Bears shut in concrete-walled enclosures. While …

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Family of lions traumatized in East Ukraine by the war to be relocated to Britain

Three of the four lions being relocated from a zoo in East Ukraine during the war to Yorkshire in England for their safety and health and welfare.

NEWS AND OPINION: This will be a very good cat new story for millions of people, and many of us, I suspect, want a good new story at the moment because I can see the world drifting into World War 3 unless we are very careful and we are not being careful. In this …

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Animal shelter that says they are NOT a shelter have occupied a zoo

Cat rescue operate out of a closed zoo

St. Cats and Dogs of Nay Aug Zoo (“Street Cats”) is a non-profit animal shelter as far as I am concerned although I stress that they DON’T describe themselves as a shelter which I find strange as it looks like a shelter and a damned impressive one as well. In the video you’ll see …

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In Thailand tigers have lighter flames put under their noses to force their heads up for selfies

Cigarette lighter flame placed under the nose of a captive tiger to make them lift their head

NEWS AND VIEWS: In a crass example of animal cruelty in Thailand, Lady Freethinker has exposed the objectionable practice of stuffing cigarette lighter flames under the noses of tigers to force them to lift up their heads for pictures with tourists. It’s unimaginable and not only is it a violation of animal welfare laws …

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3 burly men in a tug-of-war with lioness and it is animal abuse

Lion in tug-of-war with 3 burly men at a zoo is not good

The tweet says it nicely: “Making fun of animals in captivity is not entertainment”. The lioness is impressive in holding her own against three burly men in a tug-of-war but this is not the decent thing to do. You can see that this happens all the time, perhaps daily as the machinery is in …

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Laughing and mocking a sentient being who is in prison for doing nothing wrong

Unconscious bias against animals including lions

Like a lot of people, I hate to see this sort of video. It is not massively shocking as Internet videos go. It is a bit of fun or that’s what it looks like. It’s the story behind the video which is important. It underpins the generally poor relationship between humankind and iconic wild …

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Kharkiv Zoo’s big cats and bears will be euthanised before Russian shelling gets them

Alexander Feldman. The zoo's owner

NEWS AND COMMENT – KHARKIV, UKRAINE: The zookeepers at Kharkiv Zoo are making plans to euthanize the big cats and bears in case Russian shelling allows them to escape into what’s left of the city. And I presume to save them from being shelled to death by the Russians. Far better to euthanize these …

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