News from the Natural World: Shocking news as London Zoo has officially been renamed – “Animals Trapped in Cages”.
The stunning announcement by the Zoological Society of London has stunned Londoners. London Zoo is one of Londons most popular tourist attractions since it opened in 1828. For many generations it has been loved and always held the same name.
However, a large scale campaign had erupted which set about to change the name. The RFZ or “Reality for Zoos” organised the campaign. They argued that the name, London Zoo, was misleading. They proposed that the Zoo should change its name to ‘Animals Trapped in Cages’. Data showed that London Zoo held over 16,802 animals and birds. They all lived in tanks, cages or enclosures. The new name would reflect the reality of the animals lives and be a true version of the zoo.
London Zoo renamed “Animals Trapped in Cages”
However, the name change had its critics. Many zookeepers argued that;
“The animals aren’t trapped”.
They had large enclosures with natural trees and plants as well as stimulus. Also, they were well for fed and because of trained keepers, well loved. However, this was not true. Every single animal was in a tank, cage or enclosure far smaller than their natural habitat. The Tigers & Lions especially were in areas thousands of times smaller than they would roam in the wild. Every animal was severely restricted and confined.
Reality for Zoos also highlighted that not a single animal could leave if it wanted to. By definition they were all trapped. The campaign had clearly established these facts with overwhelming evidence. On top of that, they were all in cages far smaller than their wild range.
ZSL was left with no choice and London has officially been renamed “Animals Trapped in Cages”.
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