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Zoos. Bad. Bad Zoos.
Transcript of Zoos. Bad. Bad Zoos.
Their enclosures are incredibly small
Usually kept in pairs or isolated in the zoo Maggie was forced to stay in a small indoor enclosure because of frigid outside temperatures
She refused to use the elephant-sized treadmill the brought to encourage exercise NO. Abnormal Repetitive Behavior Strange behaviors recognized in captive animals
Caused by depression, boredom, and psychoses
Some zoos actually give tranquillizers and anti-depressants to control the behavior problems
Lions in zoos spend 48% percent of their time pacing back and forth
Witnessed elephants bobbing their heads, bears pacing, and wildcats obsessively grooming themselves VeganPeace Captiveanimals.org Animal Discovery Animal Welfare Act Standards not always adequate or enforced
Zebras at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. starved to death from insufficient or incorrect food
Red pandas at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. died after ingesting rat poison Animal Discovery Babies It is not uncommon for zoo babies to be rejected by their mother
In some situations zoo keepers will step in and take care of the baby, in other situations they choose to simply leave the baby to die
Some zoo keepers remove a baby even if it has not been rejected by its mother in order to make "better exhibit animals" Mahal was rejected by his mother VeganPeace Training Elephants trained to lift their head and feet, hold sticks in their mouths, and jabbed with elephant hooks in their head and shoulder (Blackpool Zoo)
Trained using electric goads (Woburn Safari Park) Lifespan CaptiveAnimals Average lifespan of zoo elephants: 16-18 years
Average lifespan of elephants in wild: 50-70 years
Asian elephants working in timber camps live longer than those in zoos VeganPeace 40% of lion cubs in zoos die before one month of age versus 30% of those in the wild
1/3 of deaths of wild cubs are due to factors absent in zoos (predation) CaptiveAnimals