Zoos are a fact of life. They have a responsibility to give every animal humane, professional care. Some strive to meet this standard, keeping animals in displays resembling their natural habitats as closely as possible. Others fail miserably, betraying the animals and the public. How’s your zoo?
The vast majority of animal exhibitors licensed by the federal government do not meet industry accreditation standards. Thousands of animals suffer in roadside zoos and menageries.
Inhumane conditions teach children the wrong message, seeming to condone indifference. Zoos should educate about how animals live in the wild, and help preserve them there.
Zoos owe animals lifetime care. If they cannot provide proper care they should relocate animals to appropriate facilities—never into the exotic pet trade.
Because public opinion and spending are important to zoos’ success, you can be a powerful force in improving the treatment of animals in zoos.
News & Events
July 23, 2014
Where Are They Now? Catching Up With a Few Animals Whose Plights, Flights and Remarkable Spirits Touched Our Hearts
Meet 15 animals rescued by The HSUS who have found their way home from desperate situations.
April 14, 2014
Joan Jett, on the heels of her performance with Nirvana at the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, penned a letter urging lawmakers in Rhode Island to ban inhumane elephant training devices.
January 17, 2014
A roadside zoo big cat breeder in California is seeking to weaken that state’s exotic pet law, which protects public safety and animal welfare. California’s is one of the oldest such laws, requiring permits and inspections for facilities exhibiting dangerous wild animals.
December 4, 2013
“Maryland’s Fatal Attractions,” a report detailing inhumane and unsafe conditions at Maryland’s roadside zoos, uncovered an extreme lack of basic care and filthy conditions at facilities housing dangerous animals such as big cats, bears and primates. The Humane Society of the United States commissioned two experts—Mel Richardson, DVM, and Richard Farinato—representing more than 80 years of collective experience with captive animals to visit and evaluate three roadside zoos in Maryland: Catoctin Zoo in Thurmont, Plumpton Park Zoo in Rising Sun and Tri-State Zoo in Cumberland.