You're talking about AZA-accredtited zoos or the non-US equivalent. These people aren't operating under that agreement because their objective isn't even disguised as "conservation and education," it's outright purposeful killing and breeding for profit. Like a calf ranch, feedlot, and packing plant all rolled into one. Isn't it amazing that the first animal-use institutions crying poverty when they can't sustain even a stable population are always the first ones to start breeding more?Originally Posted by gas4
The reason they can't give them or sell them to other zoos is due to a lack of planning. The process is very long and drawn out, every country has different regulations regarding the transport, purchase, and conditions under which zoo animals can be exchanged. It can take years of planning and organisation, but in my opinion that's no excuse. If you can't deal with the cubs then don't let them breed, and if you're worried about their social structure being interferred with by removing the males then you need to have a breeding program organised with other zoos. Most endangered animals have a studbook for breeding in captivity and one person who deals with that book in the world. That person determines which animals should breed with which in order to conserve the species. I don't know why these people aren't operating under this system.
Exfreakinactly! This is gay. Why do people do this?!?! I'm ashamed of ever eating meat.Originally Posted by Granola
Yeah, it's a shame. Lions are my favorite animals, so it as heart breaking to hear.
It just goes to show you, people would rather kill these animals then deal with the fact that they were losing a little money. If you are going to have an animal, you have to be responsible for it's costs. What do you do if you can't afford an animal? You give it to someone who can, you don't kill it. It's common sense, if you're a zoo or just a single person.
Sadly there are some zoos out there who see their animals as money-gaining objects, and not living creatures to educate people about. Maybe I'm silly, but I though that was what most zoos were all about. What kind of image is that going to give people?
"Love all animals, until you can't afford them anymore."
No, I am gay. this is upsetting, ridiculous, absurd, offensive and/or just plain wrong.Originally Posted by Vegi Chik
Exfreakinactly! This is gay. Why do people do this?!?! I'm ashamed of ever eating meat.AND I WANT THIS TO STOP!! But don't we all.