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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


Apr 21, 2018 Sabrena Adams
Apr 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2018 Gilberto Simao
Apr 15, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Apr 15, 2018 LUCY JENSON
Apr 14, 2018 Patricia Lewis
Apr 14, 2018 Suzanne Levi
Apr 14, 2018 Lisa Whipple
Apr 13, 2018 Kathy Dorr
Apr 13, 2018 Pat Wymsn Does cruelty know no limits
Apr 12, 2018 Kristine Richter
Apr 10, 2018 Linda Cummings
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 7, 2018 faye munro
Apr 7, 2018 Anne-Marie Henkes
Apr 6, 2018 Christine Geise
Apr 6, 2018 Chris White
Apr 6, 2018 Jo Cairns
Apr 5, 2018 Amy Gibson
Apr 5, 2018 marcia karuba
Apr 5, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 5, 2018 Cheryl Free
Apr 4, 2018 Gloria Navan
Apr 2, 2018 Michele Anthony
Apr 2, 2018 Lynette Notte
Apr 2, 2018 Jeanette Holmgren
Apr 2, 2018 JoAnn Dunn
Apr 2, 2018 Fabian Müller
Apr 2, 2018 Jene Malcomson
Apr 2, 2018 Valerie Shepherd
Apr 1, 2018 Maria Riojas
Mar 31, 2018 Alyssa Oggiono
Mar 30, 2018 melissa owens
Mar 29, 2018 Helio de Souza
Mar 29, 2018 Rosalinde Katz
Mar 29, 2018 Lorna Davies
Mar 29, 2018 Carmela Mazzariello
Mar 29, 2018 Angela Ramirez
Mar 28, 2018 Megan Tunstall
Mar 27, 2018 Sean Sullivan
Mar 27, 2018 Angela LaRochelle
Mar 27, 2018 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Mar 27, 2018 Cinzia Ascari
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Susan Hodgson
Mar 26, 2018 Susan Chandler Stanley
Mar 26, 2018 Martha Jaquith
Mar 26, 2018 Lens Lucas
Mar 26, 2018 Paul Foulger
Mar 26, 2018 Elena Persello

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