years ago this April, Jill Robinson first walked onto a bear bile farm. On that day in April 1993, Jill could have walked away, but she chose to act and do what she could. Today, you also have a choice. If everyone reading this donated just US$20, it would pay for the care of over 150 bears at our China sanctuary for a full year. Please help us celebrate 20 years of progress. Donate US$20 today (or whatever you can afford).
In this March 2012 photo, a moon bear suffering from a skin tumor sits inside a barren cage in the quarantine section of Surabaya Zoo.
Animals Asia is shocked and appalled to learn of the appalling conditions for animals at Surabaya Zoo, Indonesia. We are saddened to hear of the continuing situation which is causing unnecessary loss of life and suffering.
No captive-animal establishment should house more animals than it can care for adequately. The owners of the zoo have wilfully encouraged the breeding of animals without considering the resources necessary to provide these animals with their basic needs.
Click here for a full report on Surabaya Zoo from CNN.
A visitor throws a piece of watermelon into the pen of the only chimpanzee at the zoo.
A white Bengal tiger, missing an ear and suffering from a spinal problem, lies inside a pen in the quarantine section of Surabaya Zoo.
Animals Asia supports efforts being proposed by the Indonesian Zoo and Aquarium Association to alleviate animal suffering.
We have written to the Mayor of Surabaya urging the implementation of a number of measures aimed at reducing suffering and ending the current neglect.
Animals Asia letter to the Mayor of Surabaya [Click to enlarge]
We have also initiated the Asia for Animals Coalition (a coalition of 12 international animal welfare organisations) to write to the Directorate General Forest Protection & Nature Conservation in Indonesia urging the strengthening of the current ministerial decree regulating captive animal facilities, and the development of national zoo legislation incorporating minimum welfare standards and requiring the inspection and licensing of zoos, aquariums, circuses, and private collections keeping wild animals in captivity.
Asia for Animals Coalition letter to Indonesian government. [Click to enlarge]
What you can do
Animals Asia never underestimates the power of the written word, and while a single letter or email may not seem like much, the collective expression of many people's opinions can help bring about real change.
I urge you to do all you can to encourage the Indonesian government to legislate against zoos keeping animals in such poor conditions. Please write a polite letter to your Indonesian Ambassador and send it to the main embassy address in your country. Embassy addresses can be found at http://embassy-finder.com/indonesia_embassies
Finally, I urge you to sign up to our Animals Asia Action Team and join us in speaking out for animals. We need your help to improve the lives of all animals worldwide. Writing a letter on a specific welfare issue is a valuable way you can support our campaigns.
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