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Sign this petition and tell the USDA to recognize zoos as inherently cruel to animals, ban them in the United States, and rehome their animals in safe sanctuaries. While people may have once thought that these manmade facilites provided animals with the space and capacity for care they need to flourish, there is now little doubt that keeping wild animals captive is a threat to their health and wellbeing.

Many zoos are structured as for-profit corporations, and do not support the conservation of species [1], let alone give them the room and climate suited to their needs.

The UK's Royal Society for the Protection of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), one of the world's most respected and venerated animal advocacy organizations, has declared that elephants in zoos are categorically less healthy than their cousins in the wild, as well they suffer from substantially greater amounts of stress, and have a much shorter life expectancy [2].

The theory that zoos are built to provide animals with a better life than they would have in the wild is patently false. Animals deemed "surplus" are often killed to make room for those who bring in more money for the business, according to a study concluded by the Captive Animal Protection Society [3]. Throughout the world, selective culling results in hundreds of thousands of dead zoo animals a year.

Proponents of zoos claim they provide an educational benefit to the public, but modern technological advances have made those benefits obsolete [4]. Live footage of wild animals can be streamed using small cameras mounted in their natural habitat. And researchers can achieve just as accurate results from the same methods.

There is no denying that zoos exist to make money, not for educational purposes, and breeding animals in captivity is how they meet that end [5], but the lie has been preserved for long enough. The animals are suffering, and it's time the United States Department of Agriculture put an end to the cruelty.

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Dear United States Department of Agriculture,

There is no shortage of proof that zoos exist to make money, rather than education purposes, and breeding animals in captivity is how they meet that end, but the lie has been preserved for long enough. The animals are suffering, and it's time you recognize zoos as inherently cruel.

I implore you to ban keeping wild animals as entertainment for humans, and rehome those who are currently held in captivity in compassionate sanctuaries here in the United States.

The theory that zoos are built to provide animals with a better life than they would have in the wild is patently false. Animals deemed "surplus" are often killed to make room for those who bring in more money for the business. Throughout the world, selective culling results in hundreds of thousands of dead zoo animals a year.

Zoos provide no educational benefit to the public that modern technology cannot outperform in every way, while maintaining humane standards. Live footage of wild animals can be streamed using small cameras mounted in their natural habitat. And researchers can achieve just as accurate results from the same methods.

We have gone on long enough pretending that zoos are healthy places for animals to be kept. They merely contribute to the continual suffering, shorter lifespan, and eventual death of those animals.

Ban the operation of zoos in the United States today, and free the animals from life in a cruel prison.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jul 21, 2018 chris mills
Jul 21, 2018 David Antos
Jul 21, 2018 Dolores Herrmann
Jul 21, 2018 Tara Sears Zoos need to be converted to sanctuaries that rehab animals and no longer a place of gawking and torment. Kids can visit once a week to see the actual efforts that are helping the animals. Long done should be the days of sad faces staring back at me.
Jul 20, 2018 Maritza Cabezas
Jul 20, 2018 Sally Sharp
Jul 19, 2018 Vanessa Bäßler
Jul 19, 2018 Cecelia Furman
Jul 19, 2018 cynthia Benkert
Jul 19, 2018 Laura Link
Jul 18, 2018 Elizabeth Mitchell
Jul 18, 2018 nathalie van manen
Jul 17, 2018 Debbie Trojahn
Jul 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 9, 2018 Lynne Minore
Jul 6, 2018 Tanya Lenn
Jul 5, 2018 Claudia Ebert
Jul 1, 2018 Christine Zimmerman
Jun 30, 2018 Linda Cypert
Jun 30, 2018 Kathy Wallace
Jun 29, 2018 Lynn Hansen
Jun 29, 2018 Jacklyn Yancy
Jun 29, 2018 Nails Kirby
Jun 29, 2018 Candice C
Jun 29, 2018 Lyn Short
Jun 29, 2018 Alice Elissen
Jun 29, 2018 Deja Brown
Jun 29, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 29, 2018 ANGELIQUE MCCLEAN
Jun 28, 2018 Jayne Riley Please ban all zoos. They are cruel in the extreme and cause the animals untold stress.
Jun 26, 2018 Becky Tank
Jun 21, 2018 Muriel BOU
Jun 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 14, 2018 Rick Hodorowich
Jun 8, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Jun 8, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
Jun 8, 2018 mona boggio
Jun 8, 2018 Viktoriya Ilieva
Jun 8, 2018 chris barrand
Jun 8, 2018 Bonnie Gordon
Jun 8, 2018 Ashley Cascante
Jun 7, 2018 Tam Long
May 30, 2018 Kaley Bill
May 30, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 29, 2018 Maria Angeles Leorza Arechavaleta
May 29, 2018 Sally Wynn
May 25, 2018 Sandi Bowen
May 25, 2018 Jill Banta
May 24, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
May 23, 2018 Ken Stein

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