The World’s Cruellest Zoo

On 29/12/2013, in Animals, News, by admin
One of the shocking scenes captured by my colleague Andrew Chant at the Surabaya Zoo, Indonesia

One of the shocking scenes captured by my colleague Andrew Chant at the Surabaya Zoo, Indonesia

I am touched and in awe of the incredible response to my story headlined the world’s cruellest zoo, published last week in the Daily Mail.
Here’s the link:
Those who have written to me personally and who have posted literally hundreds of shocked comments on the MailOnLine website have asked what can be done. Petitions have been started to close the zoo down and requests have been made as to where donations can be sent. I have spent the past days trying to find answers to all the questions that ask how the poor animals at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia can be given a better life.
I am working very hard on this, while being aware that other attempts to get the zoo closed or drastically improved, have failed due to bickering among various officials who run the establishment.
The immediate problems are these:
There are no other zoos in Indonesia that have shown a willingness to take the animals, claiming that they might be carrying diseases which would be passed on to other animals.
The zoo simply cannot be closed down because what would happen to the animals? This problem, of course, is linked to the one above.
Donations are always welcomed by any organisation or establishment, and while people from around the world have shown their willingness to give money to turn the zoo into a wonderful environment for the animals, to whom should the money go? It obviously cannot go directly to the zoo – rather, it needs to go to a responsible animal-caring organisation that will be able to send in a team, work with the zoo on what is needed to be done, and then spend the money doing it, turning the place from a hell hole into a Garden of Eden.
This is an area I’m looking into but if anyone has any better ideas or can come up with a practical solution, please get in touch.
Victoria Robinson has created a petition which you might care to sign as every voice of protest about the conditions will go towards getting something done.
Her petition is here:
Sybelle Foxcroft, Director of Cee4life has also got up a petition, which can be seen here:
Cee4Life has also created a Facebook page for the campaign here:
So you can see that efforts are being made to get something done. We just need to find out how.
I will keep you informed.

3 Responses to The World’s Cruellest Zoo

  1. Christine Smith says:

    Dear RIchard,

    I too would like to offer you a personal congratulations on your story about Surayaba Zoo. I think it has motivated people into taking even more action into helping the poor souls enclosed in its cofines and my heart also wishes to help them. Like other people I have begun an online petition but I am asking for the main players in Animal Welfare to collaborate and join forces to help rescue the pitiful creatures you have seen at first hand. Surely, if the cost and effort is spread out then more animals can be saved and the challenge is less daunting?!?

    May I ask your permission to use one of your images from your report to add to my petition please? I was thinking the one of the poor monkey looking directly at the camera, his/her expression says it all!

    I understand perfectly what you have written here about what can and cannot be done, and I have been giving it a lot of thought too. We are supposed to be a nation of animal lovers and I believe that if a televised appeal night was broadcast – along the lines of Children In Need and Comic Relief – then not only would it raise cash but also awareness. It is too easy for people to turn away and think someone else will help the elephants from ivory poaching, the cruelty behind farmed lions and tigers, and the senseless exploitation of other animals across the world, but they have to see that this is not the case. We need to reach out to the masses, to the next guardians of our planet and show them we have to act now or nothing wil be left. Even if one out of a hundred people acts positively and puts a little effort into halting the belief that animals are here for our purposes then it is worthwhile. We owe them so much but they are shown such little respect.

    Your article has stirred something inside me that will not be extinguished easily. I begin my campaign today and I shall not stop.

    Thank you

  2. june bailey says:

    I have worked in animal welfare for all of my life and I must confess that I have never seen such appalling brutality as witnessed at this hell hole. Can volunteer vets go there immediately and neuter all the animals of breeding age to try and keep the numbers down, I also realise that there is no where else to re house these poor creatures so that isn’t on the cards. Pumping money into this place isn’t an option either. These so called humans have no conscience towards animals. The sensible thing would be to humanely destroy those suffering animals and remove the ones that can be saved to a place of safety. My thoughts and prayers are with those poor creatures.

  3. Toby says:

    Hello, First understand your strong feelings regarding the conditions at Surabaya Zoo. However, I wonder how carefully you have been checking your sources regarding who is responsible for the condition of the zoo. As you probably know mayor Risma has just been handed control of KBS a day after she reported the previous management to the Indonesian anti-corruption organisation (KPK). Since she has just been given control of the zoo it seems unfair to blame the mayor for everything bad that’s happened there. It has to be remembered that animal deaths also happened during the tenure of the forestry ministy’s management team which was led by Tony Sumampau. This is the team that I believe was reported to the KPK by Ms. Risma and the rapid response to this, to me, suggests that something was amiss. I hope you are also aware that Sybelle Foxcroft (Cee4life) is also a friend of Tony Sumampau. It’s also interesting that Tony and Sybelle coordinated to rescue a tiger (Melani) from KBS. Surely the regime that caused Melani’s tragic condition was led by Tony, yet Cee4life chose to blame the mayor for Melani’s condition. As a person who is very concerned about KBS I would very much like a full and transparent explanation of what happened there.

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