These European zoos have just been singled out for failure to respect animal welfare

These European zoos have just been singled out for failure to respect animal welfare
These European zoos have just been singled out for failure to respect animal welfare

This Friday, May 17, the British Aspinall Foundation, which promotes nature conservation, published a report in which it singles out 29 European zoos. In fact, during the 18 months which have just passed, the foundation has observed, in a very discreet manner, more than 3,000 violations of the rules in force regarding animal welfare.

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We are talking in particular about a lack of space in the enclosures, dangerous installations or an unsuitable diet for the animals. In total, more than 160 species are affected if the report is to be believed. “Elephants are victims of the greatest number of violations, ahead of rhinos, lions, tigers and giraffes,” details the association in an official press release.

Surprisingly, all the zoos mentioned are all part of the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA). Aspinall therefore accuses the association of complacency with regard to its zoos. For its part, EAZA indicated that this report did not “faithfully represent the objectives and effectiveness of the accreditation program” of its members. She added that it showed “a flawed understanding of animal welfare” and was based “on the best available science” on the subject.

Among the zoos where the most irregularities have been noted are those of Sosto and Budapest in Hungary, Madrid in Spain, the Boissières zoo in France (Loire-Atlantique) and the Valence Bioparc in Spain.

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