Send an urgent email to WAZA's CEO
Along with Change For Animals Foundation, we surveyed more than 1,200 zoos and aquariums linked to WAZA, which claims to represent 'the world’s leading zoos and aquariums' and found that 75% of venues offered at least one type of animal visitor interaction.
We visited 12 of the 'top' zoos and aquariums and confirmed that cruel and demeaning performances and activities, known to cause great physical and mental distress, are taking place, including:
- Dolphins performing stunts and being ridden in venues in Portugal, Singapore, Australia and the USA
- Elephants performing in shows with props in Japan and being ridden in Canada
- Tigers and lions being forced to take part in theatrical shows in France and being used as photo props in Canada and South Africa
- Primates being used as photo props in South Africa and the Philippines
These awful types of visitor attractions have no place in modern zoos and aquariums, especially not those linked with WAZA.
Demand WAZA's CEO takes action
You can copy and paste the email below or add your own words to the CEO of WAZA.
Why WAZA must act
WAZA has 282 direct members and approximately 1,200 associated member facilities through 24 different national and regional associations.
WAZA guidelines state that members should not involve animals 'in animal shows, displays or interactive experiences where animals perform demeaning and unnatural behaviours'. Clearly, many venues do not follow these guidelines.
We’re demanding WAZA fulfils its role as the global alliance of 'the world’s leading zoos and aquariums'.
It should clarify and communicate its position and revoke membership status from venues which provide irresponsible animal visitor attractions.
Avoid these venues
Until WAZA responds to our demands or these venues drastically improve animal welfare, we urge everyone to avoid the following venues:
- Dolphin Island (Resorts World Sentosa) – Singapore
- Zoo D’Amneville – France
- Jungle Cat World – Canada
- African Lion Safari – Canada
- Cango Wildlife Ranch – South Africa
- Sea World – Australia
- SeaWorld – San Antonio, USA
- Zoomarine – Portugal
- Puy du Fou – France
- Avilon Zoo – Philippines
- Mystic Monkeys & Feathers Wildlife Park – South Africa
- Ichicara Elephant Kingdom – Japan