Target: David Field, Director at the Zoological Society of London
Goal: Stop the London Zoo from throwing wild parties that are threating to animals
Evening parties at the London zoo have continuously demonstrated that people, alcohol, and animals don’t mix. These events have continued, however, despite numerous instances in which animals were harmed because of poor, and often cruel, judgment on behalf of the attendees. The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) recently stepped in, and we must help them ban these harmful and negligent parties now.
The late openings, which are intended to act as fundraisers, have come to be known as “animal raves.” They are even promoted by the zoo as “a wild night out.” A few of the reported incidents include visitors punching birds, stepping on butterflies, and most recently, dousing a tiger in beer. The most startling aspect of the events is not solely the risk it creates for the animals, but the fact that it turns the animals into a form of entertainment. The London Zoo was created during the 19th century to bring awareness to cruelty to animals at a time when other zoo-like institutions such as the Exeter Exchange and the Royal Menagerie were notorious for their commodification and inhumane treatment of animals.
The RSPCA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and five other animal welfare groups submitted a letter to David Field, the zoological director at the Zoological Society of London, saying, “Scientific research shows that during normal opening hours, the presence of zoo visitors can have a detrimental impact on animal welfare. Zoo Lates, which take place outside normal opening hours, while animals would normally be resting, are likely to have an even greater welfare impact, particularly if the visitors behave in a manner that stresses the animals.”
The welfare of the animals at the London Zoo is currently being investigated by Westminster Council, which issues the zoo’s licenses. As of yet the zoo has not mentioned any intent to put a stop to the parties.
Please sign the petition below to demand that the London Zoo stop these dangerous events and put the needs of the animals first.
Dear David Field,
The London Zoo has recently come under scrutiny after several incidents at evening events in which alcohol was served have resulted in cruel treatment toward animals. Birds have been punched, butterflies have been trampled, a tiger was doused in beer, and one visitor even inquired as to which penguin he could fight.
This has to stop immediately. Zoos are intended to protect and preserve wildlife and their needs should come first. Not only do these parties disturb the animals’ sleep and habits, they put their welfare at risk by turning them into a commodified attraction. Please put an end to these dangerous events today.
[Your Name Here]
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