There are many concerns around the captive breeding of indigenous and exotic wild animals and their use in the tourism industry, such as cruelty, unnatural behaviour, unsuitable conditions, disease, distress, safety of persons involved and the fact there is absolutely no conservation value to this industry and thus these animals are being used purely for entertainment and commercial gain.
Elephant Reintegration Trust, The EMS Foundation, and Humane Society International-Africa, submit an open letter to the City from the world’s most renowned elephant behavioural specialists and researchers in support of the Proposal to release the elephant named Lammie (#FreeLammie) at the Johannesburg Zoo to a rewilding facility.
A letter was submitted on behalf of 19 organisations regarding the birth of 2 cubs through artificial insemination at a captive facility outside Johannesburg in collaboration with the Mammal Research Institute (University of Pretoria). This submission includes some of the world’s leading lion conservation and research organisations, and representatives from multiple sectors including animal welfare, animal protection, multi-cultural and faith-based NGO’s. Based on our cumulative knowledge and experience, we do not support the captive breeding of lions, whether assisted or not, because it does not contribute to biodiversity conservation or address the main threats to wild lion conservation.
Scientists say there may now be fewer than 30 vaquitas left.
According to the Center For Biological Diversity, vaquitas are about the size of small humans, topping out at about 5 feet long and 120 pounds, with black borders around their expressive eyes and rounded mouth. They’re known to be shy and elusive — but all too easy to scoop up in alarming numbers in fishing nets. Their numbers have plummeted from 200 in 2012. The primary threat to vaquitas is entanglement in fishing gear, including in nets set for the totoaba, a large and endangered fish endemic to the Gulf. Totoaba swim bladders are illegally exported to Asia to make soup perceived to have medicinal properties.
Asia for Animals Coalition letter to Ministry of Forestry, Indonesia regarding the treatment of animals at Ragunan Zoo.