Zoos play into hands of wild animal poachers
May 12, 2006
Re: "Monkeys Find Homes in San Diego, Other Zoos," May 8
Do San Diego Zoo officials really think that informed readers believe the "rescue" of 33 monkeys purchased from a South African pet dealer was solely altruistic? This wasn’t a rescue; it was a kidnapping.
The zoos that accepted these monkeys contributed to the illegal trafficking of wild animals in an effort to introduce "new blood" into their "inventories." Are we to believe that poachers will now ignore American zoos as a new source of customers? If the zoos truly cared about the wellbeing of these displaced animals, they would have directed their efforts to keeping them where they belong — in Africa, not in U.S. zoos.
The zoo industry’s self-serving spin on its involvement in this matter is transparent and disingenuous.
People for the Ethical Treatment
For the cats,
Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
an Educational Sanctuary home
to more than 100 big cats
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