Monday, 12 May 2014

Plans for new Hong Kong zoo condemned by Animals Asia Foundation

The Animals Asia Foundation discourages creating new zoos

The South China Morning Post reports on the response of David Neale, Animal Welfare Director, Animals Asia Foundation, to a suggestion that Hong Kong needs another zoo.

“For generations we have wilfully destroyed natural habitats and caused a global species crisis,” said Neale. “In an attempt to rectify this appalling situation, we convince ourselves it is okay to keep wild animals in captivity so that we can ‘educate’ people about the threats to their survival, with the belief that displaying animals in unnatural environments and, in a number of cases, training them to perform for our entertainment, will help to reverse this downward spiral.

“This approach needs a fundamental shift if we are to prevent the further destruction of habitats and loss of species we are currently experiencing. Children must learn about nature and the need to protect it by experiencing nature for themselves, and this experience must be within the natural environment and not within the confines of a concrete and wire enclosure.

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