Zoo associations respond to the Born Free Foundation's 'Beyond the Bars' animal welfare report.

Posted: 30th March, 2017
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The European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) and the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) have been made aware of the release by animal rights group the Born Free Foundation of a report providing recommendations for the welfare of animals in human care at zoos in the United Kingdom.  As the regional and national zoo associations with strong commitment to ensuring their members have the highest levels of welfare, we are concerned that the report groundlessly conflates the keeping of animals at zoos with the exotic pet trade and travelling circuses.  The Born Free Foundation’s  ‘Beyond the Bars’ campaign makes five principal demands of UK legislators in relation to zoos without consultation with the zoo profession and as such we have addressed each of these demands: