We are calling for the government to review and reform the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 and accompanying guidance to ensure more stringent and meaningful conservation criteria are required of zoos. Such criteria, which all zoos should be required to meet, must be transparent, meaningful, measurable and in the public domain.
The majority of species held by UK zoos are not threatened with extinction, financial contributions to in situ conservation are a small fraction of what zoos are spending on new exhibits and the conservation measures required of zoos lack the criteria to ensure real conservation benefits.
It is also clear that zoos were financially unprepared for long-term closure as experienced during COVID-19. The creation of a Zoo Insurance Bond is urgently needed to ensure the care and welfare of animals at a zoo which is forced to close, and, where closed permanently, their humane dispersal to other appropriate facilities during what could be a protracted winding-up period;
Below you will find a number of actions you can take to help resolve the situation.
Thank you for your concern.
The Born Free Team
Use the link below to write to your MP.
Politely but firmly ask them to support Born Free’s call for a comprehensive review of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981, particularly with regards to the conservation requirements of zoos. Point out that:
If you have read any of Born Free’s reports on this issue, make sure to include the title(s) within your letter in order to provide your MP with further reference materials.
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Born Free has published a number of reports relating to UK Zoo legislation and reform.
Please click on the links below to read more.
ZOOS: FINANCING CONSERVATION OR FUNDING CAPTIVITY?
Evaluating the financial contributions of the Consortium of Charitable Zoos to in situ conservation. (July 2021)
CONSERVATION OR COLLECTION?
Evaluating the conservation status of species housed and bred in licensed charitable UK zoos. (May 2021)
The plight of giraffe in European zoos. (February 2021)
ANIMAL ARK OR SINKING SHIP?