Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Beyond the Bars

Beyond the bars
Photo - (c)Britta Jaschinski

In 2017 Born Free has gone ‘back to our roots’, with a focus on our work to challenge the exploitation of wild animals in captivity.

Throughout the world millions of animals are exploited in zoos, circuses, marine parks and private collections for human ‘entertainment’. Wild animals suffer physically and mentally from the lack of freedom that captivity imposes.

“The suffering and deprivation of countless wild creatures in captivity around the world never ceases to motivate and inspire us.”

Virginia McKenna OBE
Born Free Founder

Born Free’s Zoo Check campaign is at the very heart of our wildlife charity and we remain determined to stop suffering and phase-out zoos and captive exploitation. We challenge the multi-billion pound global captive industry and are a voice for captive animals. Born Free investigates neglect and cruelty, exposes suffering and exploitation, raises public awareness, campaigns for tighter legislation and publishes ground-breaking reports.

“Zoos have reached a dead-end: millions of captive animals in inadequate conditions, widespread suffering, abnormal behaviours. Few endangered species and practically none released to the wild. Animals locked up for life deserve better. Time to move on.”

Will Travers OBE

We never forget any of these tragic prisoners, instincts denied, reduced to objects so people can display them, own them, control them. But make no mistake, they still have wild hearts. Born Free won’t stop fighting until captive animal suffering is brought to an end. If you love and respect wild animals as we do, please support Beyond the Bars and our work to end captive exploitation. Together we will speak up for the animals that rely on us.

What you can do

Donate to our Beyond the Bars Appeal

View our Beyond the Bars photo book

Take a look at our Beyond the Bars Merchandise

Visit our #SanctuariesNotTanks page

Join us for the Beyond the Bars Dinner

Sign and Send a postcard and help Wild Animals in Captivity

To mark the 10th Anniversary of ENDCAP*, the public are invited to sign and send a postcard to help wild animals in captivity.

Addressed to the Commissioner of Environment, the person responsible for the implementation of the EU zoo law, the postcard asks him to Respect Captive Wild AnimalsBorn Free’s objective is to improve the lives of animals in zoos, and other captive facilities, by improving their welfare.

Please support this campaign by ordering your very own postcard from  and posting it to the European Commissioner, asking him to better protect wild animals in captivity through the EU Animal Welfare Platform. 

Senders of the postcard just need to include their name and nationality, then simply add a stamp and post the card. Thank you for your help!

* ENDCAP is an NGO coalition, founded by Born Free in 2006, to better protect the welfare of wild animals in captivity throughout Europe.

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