Stop Promoting Animal Captivity Through Zoo Animal Selfies

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Target: Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google Inc.

Goal: Urge Google to stop promoting animal captivity and remove its selfie cameras from the Los Angeles zoo.

Google is promoting the harmful practice of keeping wild animals captive by setting up motion-detecting cameras in animal enclosures in the Los Angeles Zoo to capture “animal selfies.” In zoos, wild animals are torn from their habitats, separated from their families and kept in tiny cages and enclosures where they do not have adequate space to display natural behaviors.

Zoos keep sentient beings captive for human entertainment and company profit. Moreover, zoos often sell their surplus animals to canned hunts, or shoot them in front of visitors, as was the case recently of a baby giraffe called Marius and four healthy lions at the Copenhagen zoo.

While Google may simply intend to generate publicity for itself with this project, it is popularizing zoos and sending the harmful message that wild animals exist for our enjoyment and that it is acceptable to keep them captive. Sign this petition urging the company to drop this project and instead spread awareness of the fact that wild animals do not belong in zoos.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Pichai,

Google’s new project involving setting up motion-detecting cameras in animal enclosures in the Los Angeles Zoo to capture “animal selfies” is promoting the harmful practice of keeping wild animals captive.

Zoos keep wild animals in tiny enclosures where they do not have adequate space to display natural behaviors. Surplus animals are often sold to canned hunts or shot in front of visitors, as was the case recently of a baby giraffe called Marius and four healthy lions at the Copenhagen zoo.

With this project, Google is contributing to the abuse of animals by sending the harmful message that wild animals exist for our enjoyment and that it is acceptable to keep them captive. I urge you to drop this project and instead use your company’s resources to spread awareness of the fact that wild animals do not belong in zoos.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Matt Reinbold

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One Comment

  1. Lost respect for Google. Leave animals alone. Circus animals need to be banned. Most Zoo’s are hell holes for these creatures.

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