WAZA's (World Association for Zoos and Aquariums) vision and mission expresses their desire to help make a real difference for animals in captivity on a global scale with committment to animal conservation and excellent zoos and aquarium management.
WAZA told me: "There are over 10,000 zoos and aquariums in the world, yet only 353 meet the standards to be WAZA members. The remainder are sub-standard, often to the point of criminally poor care, and can be found throughout the world. WAZA addresses the husbandry and health concerns in these facilities as often as it can, but the scale is beyond the capacity of any single organization"
With this admission and knowledge, it is unconscionable to say it is beyond their scope to help shut down these sub-standard zoos. WAZA President said, they need to be in the "tent", so stop giving lip service and put their money where their mouths are.
It is also deeply troubling that several of WAZA's members zoos are involved in animal exploitation and cruelty. Two of the members are Hanover Zoo, Germany and Taman Safari, Bogor Indonesia are cruelly exploiting these innocent animals for profit. Since when has performing animal acts/rides and use of bullhooks on animals become a conservation effort?
Taman Safari is owned by Tony Samampau, the Sec General of PKBSI (Indonesia Zoos and Aquariums Association) Taman Safari also runs a travelling dolphin circus forcing them to jump through flaming hoops!
Please join me to
1) demand WAZA take the horrors they witnessed to the countries responsible and help shut down these hell holes and have the animals transferred to some of the better zoos or better yet to sanctuaries!
2) demand WAZA end performing animals acts and rides from their association members and engage only in protected contact to manage elephants
Thanks as always for your support. For the animals!
"Mother nature is cruel by design, humans are cruel by choice" ~P Holmes