Target: Sir Patrick Bateson, President of the Zoological Society of London
Goal: End dangerous “Zoo Late” parties that allow reckless visitors to drink around animals at night
The London Zoo currently offers extremely dangerous weekly party events called “Zoo Lates” to make a profit. Despite numerous reports that drunken visitors have harmed or disturbed animals and even tried to break into pens, zoo officials are continuing to deny the danger of these reckless events.
London’s Telegraph newspaper has reported a series of disturbing occurrences at this year’s Zoo Lates, which are offered by the zoo every Friday night for the duration of the summer and advertised as “an after-party with the animals.” According to the paper, zoo officials confirmed one attendee threw beer at tigers inside their enclosure and another took off their clothes by a penguin pool. Onlookers reported the man tried to get into the pool, which zoo officials denied. A drunk woman also reportedly attempted to get into a lion enclosure last month, and a bird was allegedly accidentally punched by an intoxicated woman stumbling through a bird aviary. One concerned onlooker told the newspaper she saw animals being “taunted,” people banging on glass enclosures, butterflies being crushed on the ground inside butterfly exhibits, and a man “rubbing himself” on the glass of a snake enclosure. A rowdy event in July lead to reports of “crowds” of people shouting at the gorilla enclosure. Zoo officials confirmed the glass in a snake enclosure had been cracked during a Zoo Late and the animals had to be moved.
This string of disturbing events indicates the utter irresponsibility of zoo officials in allowing visitors to drink alcohol on-site, and even providing free drinks upon guest’s arrival. Zoo animals deserve far greater respect than they are being shown by zoo officials and visitors alike. It is completely unacceptable that the animals are being continuously subjected to increased stress and disturbed sleeping patterns so the zoo can make more money. Demand zoo officials put the well-being and safety of their animals ahead of monetary gain and permanently cancel Zoo Late parties.
Dear Sir Bateson,
I am appalled that the Zoological Society of London is allowing dangerous Zoo Late parties at the London Zoo despite numerous reports of reckless and dangerous behavior by drunken visitors.
According to the Telegraph newspaper, there have been disturbing reports of drunken attendees attempting to break into animal enclosures, throwing beer in the tiger enclosure, taking off their clothes, taunting animals and banging on enclosure glass, shouting at animals, and even rubbing themselves on enclosure glass. Even more disturbing is the reported harm to animals, which includes butterflies being crushed inside butterfly exhibits and a bird being accidentally punched inside an aviary by a stumbling drunk woman.
These occurrences are absolutely unacceptable at a zoo that should be focused on the welfare of its animals rather than monetary gain. Advertising an “after-party with the animals” and allowing visitors to drink alcohol onsite is incredibly irresponsible and a great injustice to the suffering animals in the zoo’s care. These events are not only a threat to the safety of the animals, but also an added stress and disturbance of vital sleep patterns. I implore you to consider the welfare of the animals ahead of profit and order the immediate and permanent cancellation of Zoo Lates.
[Your Name Here]
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