“In zoos in Wales:
• Only 9% of species are endangered
• Only 17% of species are threatened
• 84% of mammals; 95% of birds; 93% of reptiles; 79% of amphibians are not endangered
The most common species held in Welsh zoos are the house mouse and guinea pig.” https://www.captiveanimals.org/con-in-conservation
The zoos stressed that they were clearly interested in conserving their business model, and claimed the house mice were living within buildings of their own free will.
“As values, principles and moral purpose are lost, the promise of growth is all that’s left.
You can see the effects in a leaked memo from the UK’s Foreign Office: ‘Trade and growth are now priorities for all posts … work like climate change and illegal wildlife trade will be scaled down.’ All that counts is the rate at which we turn natural wealth into cash. If this destroys our prosperity and the wonders that surround us, who cares?” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/12/doughnut-growth-economics-book-economic-model
Sustainable growth: maximising economic profit without triggering (noticeable/attributable) ecological collapse within the policy maker’s lifetime.
Zoos may retain a role in rehabilitation or palliative care for victims of our systemic animal abuse, but appealing to Europhobes on free movement? A bit ambitious. A bit late. How likely are anti-migrant, anti-refugee ‘populists’ to listen to ‘conservation’ dinosaurs? Actually, all too likely.
“Computer software does the matching. Each breeding programme has a coordinator who monitors the populations kept in captivity, and if it is time to move an animal – if there is a lone animal, or it is old enough to leave its family group, or a new zoo requires that species – they will contact the zoo and recommend it be involved in a breeding programme.”
Welcome to Orwellia.
“We then need to train the animal to go into that [transport] crate. It’s not a case any more of forcing an animal in.”