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Switzerland – Dolphins no longer to be kept in captivity

Following votes in both houses of parliament, the keeping of dolphins or whales in Swiss zoos or waterparks will be forced to come to an end.   While the House of Representatives approved a ban on keeping dolphins on Tuesday, the Senate opted for an import ban on Wednesday, which would mean the dolphins currently…

Gorilla (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

European zoos are failing to fully protect their animals

New evidence identifies and exposes systemic failures in zoo regulation throughout Europe.   European Citizens can hold their governments accountable for failures to fully protect their nation’s zoo animals. The EU Zoo Inquiry 2011, an extensive investigation into the licensing and performance of zoos across the EU, has revealed systemic failures by governments and enforcers…

Polar bear, Lithuania (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

European zoos are failing to conserve biodiversity

Further evidence out today confirms systemic failures in zoo regulation throughout Europe.   From today, European Citizens can hold their governments accountable for failures to fully protect their nation’s zoo animals. The EU Zoo Inquiry 2011, an extensive investigation into the licensing and performance of zoos across the EU, has revealed systemic failures by governments…

Bulgarian zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

European zoos perpetuate animal suffering

The EU Zoo Inquiry 2011 – New study exposes failure of zoo regulation throughout Europe.   Brussels 2nd February 2011: Initial findings of The EU Zoo Inquiry 2011, the most comprehensive investigation into the licensing and performance of zoos across the EU, has revealed the systemic failure of governments, competent authorities and enforcement agencies to…

Tiger in Romanian zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Europe currently failing to fully protect animal wellbeing

New report by leading European NGOs calls for more protection of captive wild animals   Fresh claims have been made today by the European coalition, ENDCAP* that the European Community is still failing to adequately care and protect wild animals in captivity (i.e. animals in zoos, circuses, dolphinaria and those kept as pets). The specialists…

dolphins in captivity (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Croatia bans keeping whales and dolphins in captivity

ENDCAP welcomes the news that Croatia has now prohibited the keeping of whales and dolphins in captivity for commercial purposes, which includes public facilities such as dolphinaria and aquaria.   The decision was made following a study by the State Institute for Nature Protection, which recognised the adverse effects of dolphinaria and captivity on these…

Tiger in a EU zoo (Photo: Born Free Foundation)

Europe´s failing zoos

Six years on from the implementation of the Directive (1999/22/EC), relating to the keeping of wild animals in zoos, which aimed to improve standards and influence their objectives towards the conservation of biodiversity, zoos across Europe are still failing to adequately care for their animals.   On 11th November 2008, 20 Non-Governmental Organisations representing 20…