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New Born Free USA Report Reveals the Suffering of Giraffe in Zoos

Leading animal welfare organization calls for phase-out of keeping these complex animals in zoo captivity 

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading animal welfare and conservation non-profit Born Free USA has today released a groundbreaking report, Confined Giants: The Plight of Giraffe in Zoos, exploring the keeping of giraffe in zoos. These much loved and fascinating animals suffer tremendously when held captive, says the charity, as it calls for the phasing out of their incarceration for display by the zoo industry.

Key findings of the new research are as follows:

The report follows a similar investigation into the keeping of elephants captive as zoo exhibits, Elephants in Zoos: A Legacy of Shame, which was released in April and similarly found significant welfare and species conservation concerns.

Said Born Free USA CEO, Angela Grimes:

"This new research clearly demonstrates that giraffe suffer when held captive in zoos in the U.S. and beyond. Importantly, behind the data are the real-life experiences of individual animals who should be living free. Confined to tiny, miserable zoo enclosures ? sometimes in complete isolation from others of their own kind ? it is hardly surprising that giraffe in zoos die young. During their short lives, they experience health issues, nutritional deficiencies, and demonstrate behaviors indicative of extreme stress. And for what? So that crowds of people can stare at them for fun while zoos profit? They deserve so much more. They deserve to live in freedom."

Born Free USA is calling for a commitment from the zoo industry to work on phasing out the keeping of giraffe and elephants in zoos as a matter of priority, and on the public to direct their concern for species conservation away from zoos.

Grimes continued:

"Zoos do little to benefit species conservation and much to negatively impact the animals they put on display. Holding animals captive for their lifetimes will not save precious species on the brink of extinction. If we are truly concerned with the preservation of animals and wider ecosystems, we much urgently direct our attention to in situ conservation efforts."

Read the report and explore the campaign at https://www.bornfreeusa.org/confinedgiants.  

About Born Free USA

Born Free USA works to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. We oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong?in the wild. Born Free USA's Primate Sanctuary is the largest in the United States and provides a permanent home to primates rehomed from laboratories or rescued from zoos and private ownership.

We're social: www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa, www.instagram.com/bornfreeusaorg.

Heather Ripley
Orange Orchard
(865) 977-1973
[email protected]


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