Posts Tagged ‘In Defense of Animals’

Video shows zoo animals’ dismal digs

February 16, 2008

 

San Francisco Zoo animals pace in their pens, swim in their own waste and live out their days in boredom and squalor, according to a video shown Thursday night to the city Animal Control and Welfare Commission at City Hall.

A polar bear’s white fur is splotched with green algae. A giraffe gnaws a hole in his barn in boredom. And a gray seal has been swimming in the same tiny pool for decades.

“This is just pathetic,” said animal rights activist Deniz Bolbol, who had been invited to show the video on behalf of Mill Valley’s In Defense of Animals group. “What are we teaching our children when we bring them to a place like this?”

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Animal activists say S.F. tiger attack supports case against zoos

December 29, 2007

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The recent tiger attack in San Francisco has given a platform to animal rights activists, who say holding wild animals in captivity is cruel, for-profit entertainment and should be stopped.

Those who despise zoos – and not just PETA, though the group did join the chorus – say the attack proves that animals are unhappy and that zoos should be phased out.

“The major problem with zoos is they put the entertainment value at a higher priority than the welfare or well-being of the animals,” said Elliot Katz, president of In Defense of Animals, a Mill Valley animal rights group. “Because elephants and tigers are big draws, the zoo creates dangerous situations.”

Katz helped organize the effort to get the elephants removed from the San Francisco Zoo after obtaining medical records that showed they were being mistreated. He said that both elephants and tigers need much more space than the zoo provides.

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