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Sun Nov 27, 2016, 07:14 PM

America, stop visiting roadside zoos they make money from the inhumane treatment of animals

Source: The Guardian

America, stop visiting roadside zoos – they make money from the inhumane treatment of animals

Jennifer Jacquet

Sunday 27 November 2016 14.29 GMT

I have driven by many roadside zoos in my time, but have never stopped at one. It seemed unlikely they could be any less depressing than a conventional zoo – in fact, it seemed likely that they could be even more depressing.

Roadside zoos generally provide less enrichment for the animals and less education for their public. While conventional zoos have moved to enclosures for animals for at least part of the day, animals at some roadside zoos can spend their entire lives in a cage. The difference between the two is not euphemistic. At a roadside zoo, a single chimpanzee might live its entire life behind bars on concrete. Half a dozen wolves pace a cage smaller than a studio apartment. Tigers might appear to be surrounded by trees, but there are no trees in their cages – they are only a backdrop used to trick the tourist into thinking that the animals live out their lives in a space that is as wooded and lush as the one the tourists are visiting. Roadside zoos are, in many ways, the way conventional zoos used to be before zoo visitors demanded more.

In 2012, a group of organizations – the Humane Society of the United States, World Wildlife Fund, Detroit Zoological Society, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Born Free USA, Big Cat Rescue, Fund for Animals and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries – filed a legal petition with the US government to prohibit public contact with big cats, bears and non-human primates. Earlier this year, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finally responded with guidance about that makes it clear that exhibitors violate the Animal Welfare Act by allowing members of the public to handle or feed infant exotic cats like tigers, lions, cheetahs, jaguars or leopards. But these groups believe further action beyond just “guidance” is necessary.

You might have thought that bottle feeding bears, cuddling chimpanzees and swimming with tigers are not things you would be allowed to do, even if you wanted to. But at least 75 roadside zoos in the US sell interactions with dangerous animals, such as tigers, lions, primates and bears.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2016/nov/27/roadside-zoos-america-animal-cruelty-welfare

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LeftyMom Nov 2016 #1

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Mon Nov 28, 2016, 03:13 AM

1. Are these a regional problem?

I've put in a lot of driving time in the western US and I've never seen one, never even heard of someone in a prior generation visiting one.

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