The situation for many animals in Indonesian zoos remains dire, with thousands of animals suffering under appalling living conditions. The AfA coalition has written to the Directorate General Forest Protection & Nature Conservation in Indonesia calling for:
- The strengthening of the current ministerial decree regulating captive animal facilities;
- The development of national zoo legislation incorporating minimum animals welfare standards;
- Compulsory inspection and licensing of all captive wild animal facilities.
Click here to see a copy of this letter.
Neglect and suffering at Surabaya Zoo
Media reports have exposed the high death rate and appalling living conditions for many animals at the Surabaya zoo. See a CNN report here for more details.
The managers of the zoo have wilfully encouraged the breeding and acquisition of animals without considering the resources required to provide for the needs of the animals under their care, or the provision of staff training to ensure they are equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to ensure appropriate care and management.
The AfA coalition has written to the Mayor of Surabaya offering advice and support, and the provision of wild animal veterinary and behavioural management experts to improve the situation for the animals at the zoo.
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In April 2014 the Surabaya zoo director invited Wild Welfare (www.wildwelfare.org) to visit the zoo and carry out a welfare assessment. The assessment has identified key areas of welfare concern, and isolated the issues where meaningful improvements can be made. During the assessment, basic veterinary treatment for some of the animals was also provided. This is the start of a constructive relationship between the zoo and an organisation that has the skills, expertise and capacity to ensure significant welfare improvements for the animals housed at Surabaya zoo.
For updates on the progress of the welfare assessment please visit https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wild-Welfare/153007991531673 and/or http://www.wildwelfare.org/#!indonesia---surabaya-zoo/c1b5e
The AfA coalition supports the work of Wild Welfare and will continue to monitor the situation for animals within the zoo.