Born Free opposes the exploitation of wild animals in zoos and aquaria.

Wild animals, whether born in the wild or in captivity, may suffer significantly from life in captivity. Throughout its history, Born Free has challenged the global zoo industry and today we lead the movement against the captive exploitation of wild animals. We investigate and expose the animal welfare standards of zoos and their commitment to conservation.

Claims by zoos that they contribute to species conservation and public education require careful scrutiny, and cannot be used to justify the keeping and breeding of wild animals in captivity. We challenge the global zoo industry and lobby for policy change in the UK and internationally.

We encourage improvements to animal welfare legislation that affects the lives of wild animals in zoos, and support improved care, while encouraging an informed public to consider directing their support away from the keeping of wild animals in zoos and instead towards protecting them in their natural habitats.



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