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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Zoo wild cats recognise familiar human voices but in the wild they are terrified of them

Captive wild cat species can recognise familiar human voices which is no surprise to domestic cat caregivers

A recent study has been published on how “exotic cats” in zoos can discriminate between the voices of familiar and unfamiliar people. The cats were a group of different species of wild cat in different zoos, specifically the cheetah, clouded leopard, puma, fishing cat, Canada lynx, lion, sand cat, serval, snow leopard and tiger. …

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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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Infographic on making zoos better places for big cats

Tiger at a zoo

This is a compact infographic on making zoos better places for big cats. Many zoos in the West and developed countries have almost certainly adopted these techniques and more but we don’t have to look far to find abysmal zoos in developing countries which are frankly examples of animal cruelty where big cats pace …

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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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How much do white tigers cost (and more)?

How much do white tigers cost?

They used to cost around $50,000 each in the USA (1992). I have seen various prices from $40,000 to $65,000. However, things have changed dramatically in the USA, the home of the captive white tiger. The Big Cat Public Safety Act, promoted by Carole Baskin (BCR), has banned the private ownership of wild cats …

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