Most zoos dupe animal lovers into thinking their primary goal is conservation, when in fact the focus is ticket sales and profit. Many zoos are mere breeding facilities who use and exploit animals by forcibly impregnating them and selling or “loaning” the offspring to other zoos and tourist attractions. It is regular practice to kill “surplus” zoo animals who are no longer deemed suitable for breeding, and some zoos even make animals pose with visitors for a pretty penny, exposing them to an endless stream of potentially harmful germs. On top of all this, life in captivity is typically laden with lack of natural enrichment, insufficient nutrition and health care, isolation, and even physical abuse, all factors contributing to the serious psychological disorder known as “zoochosis.”
Keeping wild animals in captivity can be a very profitable business, and a petition on Care2 written by animal advocate Donny Moss explains that captive panda breeders in China bring in $1 million per year for a pair of “rented out” pandas. New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is planning on renting out pandas from China to keep them on display in New York City. The estimated costs for this endeavor is expected to be around $50 million, and she has received financial support from two billionaires to fund this project, one of whom is Maurice “Hank” Greenberg. Animal activists are vigilantly fighting against the import of these pandas, and even Mayor De Blasio has expressed disapproval of Maloney’s plan.
The right route toward conservation is through education and habitat protection, not captive breeding or display. If you do not want to see pandas imported to New York City to be put on display for tourists, please take a moment to make your voice heard and sign this petition.
A protest has also been scheduled today, January 11th, in front of Greenberg’s home in Manhattan. If you are in the area and would like to join the protest, activists will be convening at 1 East 66th Street from 6-7:30 pm.
Many people are unaware of the issues surrounding keeping wild animals in captivity, so please make sure to share this with your network!
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