Hundreds of thousands of wild animals are kept in captivity in zoos, safari parks and marine parks throughout the world, many living in the most appalling conditions, with no enrichment or stimulation, causing both physical and psychological suffering. Change For Animals Foundation maintains that the keeping of wildlife in captivity for the purposes of entertainment is not ethically justifiable, and is committed to raising awareness of the plight of these animals, whilst lobbying for the strengthening of laws to safeguard the welfare of wildlife in captivity.
Wildlife in captivity
Change For Animals Foundation is proud to support the tireless work of our friends at Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group with united campaigns to collect evidence of cruelty in zoos and safari parks throughout Indonesia, and to raise vital public awareness of – and opposition towards – wildlife exploitation for entertainment.
We believe we are strongest in bringing positive and lasting change for animals through collaborative efforts and by providing in-country support. By working with Scorpion Trade Monitoring Group, we are providing assistance with ongoing investigations, training and support to raise awareness of the plight of wildlife in captivity, and calling for the strengthening - and enforcement - of legislation to safeguard their welfare.
Throughout Indonesia, increasing numbers of wild-caught dolphins are being held captive in hotels, zoos and in cruel circuses under deplorable conditions.
We are raising vital public awareness of the animal welfare issues associated with the captive marine mammal industries globally and discouraging tourists from unintentionally supporting this type of exploitation, Change for Animals Foundation is committed to banishing Indonesia’s dolphin travelling circuses to the history books.
Hundreds of thousands of birds are trapped and stolen from the wild every day throughout Indonesia to be supply the demand for song birds.
Change For Animals Foundation is proud to Support FLIGHT – an organisation founded in February 2018 based on a commitment to protect Indonesia’s birds from the cruel wildlife trade.
The marine mammal captivity industry continues to threaten wild populations and inflicts cruelty and suffering on thousands of individual animals. The marine mammal industry is big business and is driven by the attraction for people to see these amazing and iconic animals up close and, in many cases, to swim or interact with them. However, life in a marine park is totally unsuitable for these animals.
Thousands of wild animals suffer every day confined in zoos and other facilities, such as centres where animals seized from the illegal wildlife trade are housed. The conditions in which they are held are often appalling, causing immense physical and psychological suffering to the animals.
By working collaboratively with these facilities, as well as wildlife experts and other animal protection and conservation organisations, we can assist with the provision of essential training to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to improve the lives of animals in their care.
If you are travelling over the holiday season, please always remember to think of animals… Remember, you get to leave, they don’t. If you support an attraction that relies on animal exploitation to make profits, your money will support the cruelty.
Change For Animals Foundation encourages everyone to act responsibly and in consideration of animal welfare when they're at home and abroad. Many attractions keep and exploit animals in ways that cause immense suffering, targeting tourists for their profits. When you're on holiday, please choose the places you visit and activities you support with caution and think about the welfare of the animals involved.
Along with World Animal Protection, we surveyed more than 1,200 zoos and aquariums that are linked to WAZA and found that 75% of venues offered at least one type of animal visitor interaction. We then 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.
These awful types of visitor attractions have no place in modern zoos and aquariums. We’re demanding WAZA fulfils its role as the global alliance of “the world’s leading zoos and aquariums” to enforce its animal welfare guidelines and stop animal abuse among its members.