Lose the Zoos

Lose the Zoos

Animals are sentient beings and have the right to live in their natural habitats.

Lose the Zoos is aimed at raising awareness of animals being held in zoo enclosures built for a human-centric visitor experience rather than for the welfare of the animals. Lose the Zoos Initiative urges the European Commission to begin plans to phase-out captivity of wild animals in order to eliminate the risk of zoonotic transmission, given the public's increasing health concerns due to the co

Operating as usual

19/05/2022

Prijatelji životinja have just launched the second part of their Skip the Zoo campaign.

Did you know that cities spend millions on keeping zoos?
So it’s actually you who is paying for animals to suffer in captivity.

It’s high time for the transformation of zoos!

10 Worst Zoos for Elephants 2021 19/05/2022

Ricky Gervais and show support for In Defense of Animals. These celebrity animal advocates are calling for all elephants in exhibits shamed on the 10 Worst Zoos list to be released to accredited sanctuaries where they can live a more natural life.

10 Worst Zoos for Elephants 2021 We are exposing the shocking hidden suffering of elephants in zoos

Timeline photos 22/04/2022

We need each other to survive.

In remote Gabon, warmer nights and less rainfall may be preventing trees from growing the nutritious fruit the animals depend on. Just as the elephants depend on the forest to survive, many of the trees rely on elephants to disperse their seeds. https://on.natgeo.com/3K1OKNH

21/03/2022

“Zoos were created as a business, not as conservation. Enclosures are usually built, at great expense, for benefit of the public, not for the animals."

Damien Aspinall
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Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur

14/03/2022

What would become of zoos once they lose all their animals?

The Aspinall Foundation hopes they would be rescue centres for sick or hybridised animals which have no chance of surviving in the wild - so people could visit guilt-free.

“There is a role for rescue for welfare reasons,” Mr Aspinall said. "I think what will happen, what I hope will happen is these zoological institutions become rescue centres for animals.”

Damien Aspinall

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Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

07/03/2022

The government is somewhat on board with his ideas, with ministers pointing to the Aspinall zoos as a good example of how wildlife parks can do in situ conservation. There are also plans to ban the breeding of elephants in this country so they are phased out of zoos, and to strip institutions of their charitable status if they do not spend enough of their income on conservation.

The ultimate aim of the Aspinall Foundation is to create a world where zoos no longer exist. It successfully released animals into the wild and could set a template for zoos around the world to follow.

“Zoos were created as a business, not as conservation,” Damian Aspinall said, adding that enclosures are usually built, at great expense, “for benefit of the public, not for the animals.”

He thinks the government should regulate the money zoos spend, and that it should be used to help animals in the wild, and to create appropriate enclosures for the creatures in the zoo.

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Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

28/02/2022

“Our elephants have suffered probably less, but of course they’ve suffered. They’ve had foot conditions, they’ve had skin conditions, of course they’ve suffered over the years. So they are lucky they have eight acres of land to run around in but if you love elephants - as I do - really you have to want to send them back to Africa.”

Damian Aspinall
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Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

21/02/2022

Damian Aspinall on the future of Howletts and Port Lympne, his elephant rewilding project and his dislike for zoos

via Lose the Zoos

He admits he would happily see Howletts and Port Lympne shut, or turned into rescue centres, if it meant their animals living wild.

“I think Howletts and Port Lympne are the best in the world at animal husbandry - but it still kills me. They don’t belong here.”

“It kills me to see any animal in captivity,” he says, sincerely.

“It means a lot to me, I’m absolutely passionate about it,” he said. “Animals have as much a right to this planet as we do.”

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST (link in the comments)
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© Photo provided by The Telegraph Damian Aspinall and Carrie with cheetah brothers Saba and Nairo at Howletts last year before their rewilding to South Africa

21/02/2022

“I think aquariums are really wrong. We do enough damage to marine life that why would we keep these beautiful animals in aquaria? A lot of the fish are wild-caught too. If I had my way I’d rewild the fish.”

Damian Aspinall
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Photo by Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals Media

03/01/2022

PLEASE VOTE - your vote can help amplify animal stories

Winning People's Choice nominations for Wildlife Photographer of the Year would be a huge boost for animal climate stories and by voting you can help make it happen.

Jo-Anne flew to Australia in 2020 to document the wildfires that killed or displaced more than three billion animals. From the ashes of those fires emerged this photo, an emblem of animals and climate change.

This eastern grey kangaroo and her joey pictured near Mallacoota, Victoria, were among the lucky ones. The kangaroo barely took her eyes off Jo-Anne as she walked calmly to the spot where she could get a great photo. She had just enough time to crouch down and press the shutter release before the kangaroo hopped away into the burned eucalyptus plantation.

You can vote here: https://www.nhm.ac.uk/wpy/peoples-choice?utm_source=We+Animals+Media&utm_campaign=c954fc907f-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_fc6bb1dfdf-c954fc907f-436885234

We Animals Media Jo-Anne McArthur

Campaigners criticise European zoo proposals to cull adult male gorillas 26/12/2021

Zoos claim they keep animals for conservation. Yeah, right!

They would rather cull the surplus instead of sending them to protected sanctuaries!

The document reads: “The main downside of this option is that it is controversial in many countries and in some illegal, in specific circumstances. Any discussion on culling can quickly become an emotional one because it is easy to empathise with gorillas. This carries a high risk that an emotional response by the public and/or zoo staff and keepers, catalysed by social media, inflicts damage to zoos and aquariums.”

Campaigners criticise European zoo proposals to cull adult male gorillas Overcrowding of western lowland gorillas in zoos has led regulatory body to consider drastic measures

11/12/2021

Taking a knee (Zagreb, Croatia)

Prijatelji životinja

10/12/2021

Today is International Animal Rights Day. On this day, animal rights advocates across the world take a stand for the respect and fair treatment that animals deserve every day.

All animals have the right to live free, away from zoos.

Three snow leopards die of Covid-19 at children’s zoo in Nebraska 14/11/2021

"Three snow leopards have died at the Lincoln children’s zoo in Nebraska of complications from Covid-19.

The zoo said it remains open to the public and continues to take precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to humans and animals." 😢

👉 Had they lived in the wild, away from humans, they would have still been alive❗️❗️❗️💔

Three snow leopards die of Covid-19 at children’s zoo in Nebraska Lincoln Children’s Zoo says deaths of Ranney, Everest and Makalu are ‘truly heartbreaking’, as two tigers recover

12/11/2021

Beautifully said ❤️🐘🌈

“To be 'for animals' is not to be 'against humanity.' To require others to treat animals justly, as their rights require, is not to ask for anything more nor less in their case than in the case of any human to whom just treatment is due.” – Philosopher Tom Regan, The Case for Animal Rights (University of California Press, 1983)

30/10/2021

Watch.

Watch our documentary to learn about the rangers of Virunga National Park, who risk their lives to protect gorillas and the environment. We must support these guardians of nature. bit.ly/watchbravemission

Re:wild Brave Wilderness Mark Vins

30/10/2021

Conservation of their natural habitat - not animal imprisonment ❤️🐘🌈

, an exploration of Virunga National Park’s gorillas and the women and men who put their lives on the line to protect them, premieres today. Watch here: bit.ly/watchbravemission

Brave Wilderness Re:wild Mark Vins

The Movement to Give 'Personhood' Rights to Animals 29/10/2021

In 2016, Argentina became the first country to recognize the rights of a chimpanzee named Cecilia, and as a result, the shy primate was relocated from her crowded zoo to a nature reserve in Brazil. Switzerland legally recognized the reality of animal consciousness in 2018, which led to a series of new laws regulating puppy farming, restricting animal testing and outlawing boiling lobsters alive. The U.K. is currently weighing a similar law. And in May 2020, the Islamabad High Court issued a ruling about Kaavan, an elephant at the Marghazar Zoo, stating “without hesitation that animals have legal rights.”

The Movement to Give 'Personhood' Rights to Animals Legal systems around the world are beginning to confront an existential question: What rights does an animal have?

29/10/2021

That's where they belong! Free and happy ❤️🐘🌈

📸 'Wait up Mommy, look what I got for you!' © Kunal Gupta

Captive breeding of orangutans is not conservation | New Straits Times 11/10/2021

Wild-born orangutans spend around seven to eight years with their mothers. The first few years of life are crucial as infant orangutans are taught a wide range of skills on forest survival such as nest-building, avoiding predators, foraging and integration into a wild orangutan population. The natural conditions in a forest are impossible to replicate in a zoo.

Friends of the Orangutans

Captive breeding of orangutans is not conservation | New Straits Times In its response, the zoo stated that its reason for breeding the apes is to maintain a viable captive population in case a need to reintroduce them into the wild arises.

Timeline photos 08/10/2021

Animals belong in the wild.

Freya Aspinall, youngest daughter of our chairman Damian Aspinall, joined a rewilding mission to Congo in Spring earlier this year, where she had a truly remarkable encounter with young orphans Bomassa and Loukelela in the Lésio-Louna Reserve.

Watch this incredibly special journey caught on camera here ➡️ https://hubs.ly/H0Y-SD90

Escape from Extinction review – eco plea bordering on pro-zoo propaganda 01/10/2021

"It doesn’t engage on what conditions “accredited zoos” must meet, or enter into discussion with animal rights activists with legitimate concerns about the lives of animals in captivity."

Escape from Extinction review – eco plea bordering on pro-zoo propaganda Helen Mirren narrates this documentary which seeks to correct some misconceptions about zoos but ends up feeling hard to trust

01/10/2021

Isn't it time we consider alternatives?

01/10/2021

Zoos claim their purpose is to educate the public. Do you agree?

Photos from Lose the Zoos's post 27/09/2021

Split, Croatia

Timeline photos 22/09/2021

We Animals Media

Captivity: A reality we choose not to see.

“Have a second look, not only at the animals we keep captive, but at the details of the exhibits; the infrastructures we’ve created, which are human constructs for human pleasures. At the centre of these exhibits are animals, and yet we fail to see them as individuals. We might see them as objects for our amusement or representatives of a species, but it makes us uncomfortable to see much more than that.”
- Jo-Anne McArthur, Founder of We Animals Media

In 2016, Jo-Anne McArthur worked with the Born Free Foundation on the EU Zoo Inquiry, which examined the current state of zoos and aquaria across the European Union. Jo-Anne visited dozens of facilities across nine countries. These images highlight the problems of keeping animals in captivity and make up the majority of images seen in her book, Captive.

📷: Caged lions and tourists at a zoo. Germany, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur / Born Free Foundation / We Animals Media

Timeline photos 22/09/2021

We Animals Media

Captivity: A reality we choose not to see.

“Have a second look, not only at the animals we keep captive, but at the details of the exhibits; the infrastructures we’ve created, which are human constructs for human pleasures. At the centre of these exhibits are animals, and yet we fail to see them as individuals. We might see them as objects for our amusement or representatives of a species, but it makes us uncomfortable to see much more than that.”
-- Jo-Anne McArthur, Founder of We Animals Media

In 2016, Jo-Anne McArthur worked with the Born Free Foundation on the EU Zoo Inquiry, which examined the current state of zoos and aquaria across the European Union. Jo-Anne visited dozens of facilities across nine countries. These images highlight the problems of keeping animals in captivity and make up the majority of images seen in her book, Captive.

📷: Visitor takes a photograph of a white tiger at a zoo. France, 2016.

Jo-Anne McArthur / Born Free Foundation / We Animals Media

Timeline photos 22/09/2021

We Animals Media

Captivity: A reality we choose not to see.

“Have a second look, not only at the animals we keep captive, but at the details of the exhibits; the infrastructures we’ve created, which are human constructs for human pleasures. At the centre of these exhibits are animals, and yet we fail to see them as individuals. We might see them as objects for our amusement or representatives of a species, but it makes us uncomfortable to see much more than that.”
-- Jo-Anne McArthur, Founder of We Animals Media

Her name is Kiska. She was wild caught off the coast of Iceland in 1979 with three other orcas when she was about four years old. Since then, she's lived at Marineland, where's she's given birth to five babies: all of whom have died. Although Kiska was retired from performing in 2011, she continues to live alone at Marineland in a tank called Friendship Cove.

Orcas, also known as killer whales, have a highly complex social structure and spend much their day traveling and socializing, often in matrilineal packs. Orcas hunt for fish as well as larger mammals, such as sea lions and walruses. No one fully knows the extent of their range in the wild, but pods have been seen to travel as far as 160km (100 miles) in a single day.

Photos from Spellcaster's post 22/09/2021

Spellcaster agency is responsible for the campaign.

21/09/2021

First we take away their natural habitat, then we enclose them in small cages and enclosures we call zoos - places where they will spend most of their lives alone, behind fences and bars.

There is no vaccine to end their suffering and isolation.
Only you can bring this to an end by avoiding zoos.

YES, ONLY YOU.

Please share and be the voice of the innocent behind bars.

Animal Friends Croatia

21/09/2021

Animal Friends Croatia

For them, the lockdown doesn't end with vaccination!

Although our lockdown had a beginning and an end, there is no hope for animals in the Zoo.

No vaccines, no possibility of ending epidemiological measures... for them everything remains as it was.
First, we take away their natural habitat, and then we enclose them in small cages where they will spend most of their lives alone.

We believe that everyone knows in their heart how wrong it is to keep sentient beings held in captivity just for our entertainment.

21/09/2021

THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN IS OUT - PLEASE SHARE TO MAKE IT INTERNATIONAL

13/09/2021

NEWS ALERT❗️❗️❗️ Importing elephants is against the law in India ❤️🐘🌈

GREAT NEWS! 🌈
Thanks to the massive 🐘 campaign last year, the Islamabad High Court now stopped the government from importing elephants declaring it a violation of laws related to the protection of wildlife. We would like to thank the Islamabad High Court for their decision and everyone who supported this important campaign. Together we are strong!

Source: https://gulfnews.com/world/asia/pakistan/court-stops-government-from-importing-elephants-terms-move-in-violation-of-countrys-laws-cites-1.82166284
📸: FOUR PAWS | Hristo Vladev

11/09/2021

WE NEED TO FOCUS THE NEXT GENERATION’S ATTENTION ON IN-SITU CONSERVATION ONLY

Conservation, education and research are the arguments that zoos worldwide use to justify their existence. The reality is completely different:

1. CONSERVATION

Zoos claim one of their main aims is to benefit conservation. However, this is a myth. For example, in European zoos, 70-75% of animals are not globally threatened in the wild. Of the approximately 850 mammal species and subspecies held in European zoos, 500 are assessed as of Least Concern on the IUCN Red List and only 45 (5%) are critically endangered. Of those 45 critically endangered taxa, only a handful are viable when taking into account the issues of hybridisation, disease and genetic diversity.
There are over 5,700 species of all animal classes held by members of the European zoo association alone, which represents only about 8% of all zoos in Europe, but only a little over 200 of these species are in managed breeding programmes.

2. EDUCATION & RESEARCH

There certainly can’t be any justification for holding animals in captivity primarily for research because animals behave differently in captivity to the way they do in the wild.
For decades zoos have argued that seeing live animals helps educate and mobilise the next generation of conservationists. However, it appears that unguided zoo visits result in improved biodiversity knowledge in only one third of visitors, that professional zoo-educators can have better results in increasing biodiversity knowledge when working in schools rather than within a zoo.

David Attenborough's documentaries are far more educational than visiting zoos and have provided more information for animal research than research carried out at zoos. If you can get a masters degree in palaeontology without having living dinosaurs to study, clearly you can get passionate about wildlife conservation without visiting zoos.
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PHOTO by Jo-Anne McArthur/We Animals Media

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