British zoos neglect animal welfare

This video says about itself:

Jan 12, 2012

The animals in this video were observed at zoos in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland and Romania as part of The EU Zoo Inquiry 2011, an extensive investigation conducted by the Born Free Foundation, in association with the European coalition ENDCAP, involving 200 zoos in 21 EU countries. It’s clear that the poor conditions witnessed during this investigation have taken their toll on the animals. See

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Majority of UK zoos are not providing proper animal care

Liam O’Brien

Wednesday 10 October 2012

More than three quarters of British zoos are failing to meet minimum animal welfare standards.

A study of inspections of 192 zoos in the UK showed only 47 are meeting all the legal requirements of the Zoo Licensing Act, with some falling down on the most basic aspects.

Will Travers, the CEO of the Born Free Foundation, said: “I am greatly disappointed to discover that so many zoos in Britain, which are often held up as industry leaders in Europe, appear to be performing so poorly in terms of animal welfare.” A quarter of zoos failed to maintain a proper programme of veterinary care, while a similar proportion were marked down after failing to meet standards covering the provision of food and water. Farm parks with wild animals and bird collections performed particularly badly.

The University of Bristol report, funded by Born Free, said farm parks scored poorly on the inspection criteria because they did not have the resources or expertise to deal with the more exotic animals added to their domestic animal collections.

The inspections took place between 2005 and 2008.

See also here.

November 2013: The British zoo licensing and inspection system is failing to guarantee essential animal welfare standards in zoos says new report: here.

Shocking stories tell tale of London Zoo’s founding. Institution’s early days marred by animal misery. By Meghan Rosen, 7:00am, March 20, 2017: here.

Sweden: Zookeepers ‘beat animals to death with a baseball bat to save on vet fees’: here.

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