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Captive Animals

Born Free strongly opposes the exploitation and keeping of wild animals in captivity and campaigns to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.

Born Free is committed to preventing animal suffering and protecting threatened species in their natural habitats. We work to end any activities that negatively impact wild animals living in captivity.

Captive Animal Issues

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Zoos & Aquaria

Since 1984, Born Free has challenged the global zoo industry and today we lead the movement against the captive exploitation of wild animals.
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Wild Animals as Pets

Born Free is increasingly concerned by the number of wild animals being traded and kept as exotic pets, both legally and illegally. Discover the devastating effects here.
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Animals in Entertainment

Born Free is wholly opposed to the use of wild animals in circuses and the exploitation of wild animals for entertainment, including in television and film.
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Born Free is convinced that the complex needs of cetaceans cannot be met in captivity, and opposes the keeping of whales, dolphins and porpoises in dolphinaria and aquaria.

Raise the Red Flag LogoRaise the Red Flag for captive wild animals

  • Report your eyewitness concerns about captive wild animals worldwide
  • Find out how you can take action to help wild animals in captivity
  • Search our interactive ‘Red Flag’ map