Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Swedes vote to boycott zoos

18 October 2012

Categories: EU Zoo Inquiry News, Zoo Check Campaign News

A recent investigation of zoos in Sweden has revealed the alleged shocking treatment of animals, which has led to public outcry and 87% of people surveyed (Expressen newspaper) stating that they are considering boycotting zoos.

On 14th October, the Swedish TV documentary Kalla fakta, broadcast an investigation into alleged practices at zoos in Eskilstuna and Oland, where, according to an ex-employee, animals were beaten to death with baseball bats rather than pay for veterinary treatment. The Swedish Zoo Association has reportedly promised to investigate these recent allegations.

Over the years there have been numerous incidents in Swedish zoos: bear cubs euthanized due to lack of space at Lycksele Zoo; wolves shot dead after their escape at Skåne Zoo; an entire wolf pack euthanized at Lycksele Zoo; and in Kolmården Wildlife Park, earlier this year, a zoo keeper was killed by a wolf. Sweden has 49 zoos, which are reportedly inspected annually by regional authorities.

The EU Zoo Inquiry has identified that zoos throughout the Europe Union are not meeting national legal requirements, resulting in millions of animals being kept in inadequate conditions. As a result of this extensive investigation, actions are underway to improve conditions for animals in zoos through the introduction of a European preferred code of practice for zoos, however, if zoos continue to take the law into their own hands and place both people and the animals at risk, European Citizens will think twice before visiting their zoo.

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