19 October 2011
While the Born Free Foundation continues to produce reports evaluating the implementation and enforcement of the European Zoos Directive (no.1999/22), meetings are underway and partnerships are being developed that will seek to effectively address key findings of the investigations. Not content with simply initiating the most extensive review of zoo regulation in the EU to date, Born Free is keen to identify the reasons behind non-compliance and poor conditions, and seek viable solutions that ultimately improve the lives of the millions of animals in Europe’s zoos.
The EU Zoo Inquiries’ investigations in 21 EU countries have consistently identified that enforcement agencies, State Veterinarians and zoo operators often lack the necessary knowledge, expertise and training to ensure high standards of animal husbandry and care. This results in zoos falling below the necessary standards required to comply with national and European law. Born Free Foundation and ENDCAP is seeking the assistance of the European Commission, European Parliament, Member State Competent Authorities and other interested parities to seek constructive dialogue, training opportunities, guidance and actions to meet these goals.
Thanks to the donations from our supporters, Born Free Foundation works tirelessly to improve conditions for wild animals in zoos, prevent their suffering and neglect and, where possible, work towards the closure of zoos that cannot ensure the welfare of the animals they keep.
To help Born Free in our efforts to improve conditions for animals in Europe’s zoos, and to ultimately encourage a phasing out of the worst facilities, please donate here.