What makes the zoo in the Grandview Shopping Mall in Guangzhou, China, the “world’s saddest zoo”? One look at the animals there brings an obvious answer.

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In the facility, animals like polar bears, arctic foxes, beluga whales, and walruses are kept in deplorable conditions that completely fail to replicate their natural environment. These animals are kept in extremely small enclosures and have no entertainment or stimulation. The zoo is located in a shopping mall, so there is no natural light or fresh air inside.

Outrage at the conditions in this zoo has lead to some marginal improvements. Pizza, the zoo’s only polar bear, for example, was temporarily moved to an ocean park while renovations were made to improve his 430-square-foot enclosure. While an ocean park is hardly the best place for a polar bear, at the very least he was given access to an interactive environment – and had the chance to reconnect with his parents.

But temporary improvements and renovations can’t undo the damage being done to thee animals. It is vital for the zoo to be shut down and the animals moved as soon as possible. Many of the animals are already, and not surprisingly so, experiencing symptoms of “zoochosis.”

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The animals at the Grandview zoo cannot go on living this way. The good news is – according to a petition on Care2 – Humane Society International is working together with the Animals Asia Foundation and Born Free Foundation to change this unacceptable and heartbreaking situation. A complaint with a Chinese government office has already been raised – now it is time for us to do what we can to support the cause and save the animals from a life in conditions they should never be subjected to. Click here to sign the petition in support of closing the zoo and rehoming all the animals in sanctuaries.

Image source: Animals Asia

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