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However questionable the very practice of keeping wild animals in captivity is, the existence of zoos always finds its defenders – after all, it cannot be that bad for animals in all zoos, can it? Even though there are establishments actually devoted to taking good care of the animals there and keeping only those who do not have the option of being in their natural habitat anymore, this argument quickly becomes detrimental to the case at large when it is applied too liberally. Many zoos have no ground for their practices being defended in any way – and many are an image of conditions so inhumane they should have no way of working anymore.

The Surabaya Zoo, located in Indonesia, is nicknamed the “Zoo of Death” – and this short video shows all too clearly why. The infamous zoo is known for treating its animals in an appalling way, denying them even the basic care and nutrition, which causes the mortality rate to be very high. In the video, a chained elephant is seen struggling hopelessly to get out of the unbelievable trap – and it is in no way the first example of cruelty in the establishment, and not even the first one to go viral.

Animal activists and lovers around the world are hoping to influence the President of the country to close the zoo once and for all. According to the website Netzfrauen.org, in the Surabaya Zoo, many animals die because of negligence and of starvation each month. Suns Bears are fed so badly they have to eat their own excrement. A Sumatran elephant Yani died in the zoo in May 2016, shackled in chains. In 2014, a giraffe died at the premises and was found to have 40 lbs of plastic trash in her stomach.

The shocking and deplorable conditions of the zoo clearly cannot remain as they are, the only answer to the animals’ suffering being apathy and lack of definite action. Click here and here to sign the petitions to the President of Indonesia to shut down the zoo and finally give the animals kept there respectable living conditions!

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Swirely
5 Days ago

Yep cause losing a bunch of conservation efforts and close up research because several bad zoos exist is reasonable.

Talk about throwing the baby out with the bath water.

Also if you think sanctuaries are the greater alternative, they really do nothing for endangered animals or conservation projects. The sole purpose of them is to provide a home for animals that were illegally kept as pets or cannot be released into the wild.. they are basically like a animal rescue or shelter only they are presentiment housing for these animals and deal with exotic animals.

If you don\'t know what zoos and sanctuaries do, then maybe it best you not do anything about the subject matter cause you are going to do A LOT more harm than good.


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Xena
5 Days ago

A YouTube video I saw a couple of years ago showed the wise and loving understanding of humans toward elephants. Not! An elephant was about to give birth All of its four feet were chained to prevent movement. This was in North America. The elephant was placed in a concrete room (not on dirt flooring which would have provided some traction to help the baby stand). The video tape rolled through the night as the elephant gave birh with no human around. The sac with the baby elephant came out of mother elephant and fell to the concrete floor. Though severely restricted due being chained to the wall, mother elephant kept trying with her chained feet to nudge the baby into movement but due to the now slipprey concrete flooring mother\'s effort eventually pushed the sac out of her reach. The whole night she could only stare at the sac that held her motionless baby elephant. The explanation that was given for tying up the elephant in the first place that was that mother elephant had kicked to death her last born. Well. The wise humans we are had misinterpreted a mother elephant trying to nudge her newborn into standing, as murder, (that calf had no chance of being able to stand up on a slippery concrete floor). The humans found the calf the next morning still stuck in the sac and the baby elephant walked after that with a slouch on one side because it had been trapped in the sac for too long. Oh, that we will wisen up soon enough for these dear animals.


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Xena
5 Days ago

A YouTube video I saw a couple of years ago showed the wise and loving understanding of humans toward elephants. Not! An elephant was about to give birth All of its four feet were chained to prevent movement. This was in North America. The elephant was placed in a concrete room (not on dirt flooring which would have provided some traction to help the baby stand). The video tape rolled through the night as the elephant gave birh with no human around. The sac with the baby elephant came out of mother elephant and fell to the concrete floor. Though severely restricted due being chained to the wall, mother elephant kept trying with her chained feet to nudge the baby into movement but due to the now slipprey concrete flooring mother\'s effort eventually pushed the sac out of her reach. The whole night she could only stare at the sac that held her motionless baby elephant. The explanation that was given for tying up the elephant in the first place that was that mother elephant had kicked to death her last born. Well. The wise humans we are had misinterpreted a mother elephant trying to nudge her newborn into standing, as murder. That calf had no chance of being able to stand up on a slippery concrete floor. The humans found the calf the next morning still stuck in the sac and the baby elephant walked after that with a slouch on one side because it had been trapped in the sac for too long. Oh, that we will wisen up soon enough for these dear animals.


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JOHN PASQUA
5 Days ago

SHUT THIS HELL ON EARTH FOR THESE GREAT LIVING BEINGS THAT NEED TO BE RESCUED TODAY NOW. END THE SURABAYA ZOO AND THE BAD PEOPLE WHO DO NOT CARE FOR THE ANIMALS NOW.


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Gary
5 Days ago

Between holograms, virtual reality, and computer graphic movie technologies, why do we still have zoos ?


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Silver wing
5 Days ago

Indonesia: so many animals, so much suffering.
It\'s impossible Mr. President is not aware of the issue after all this bad publicity.
Savages ...


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SHARON WILLIAMS
6 Days ago

When I saw the picture of this elephant, all I could say was "Oh My God!". It broke my heart. To treat any animal like these animals at that zoo the way they are treated is disgusting beyond belief, I want to throw up. What goes on in the people\'s minds that do go to this zoo (if any)? I feel like writing the President of Indonesia and will. I will never understand how he or she could possibly let this treatment of animals continue.


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Susan Krueger
17 Jul 2017

They call animals -- animals and not important. Really. The human race is the worst most unkind and most brutal. GOD gave us these animals to watch over and care for. I wish I had the financial resources/power to help these animals.

john michel
6 Days ago

Brutality and heartlessness. That\'s all you are.


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john michel
6 Days ago

No kindness to animals..........no peace on Earth. Don\'t think so? Check out the news.


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