These photos may amuse some people, but they should appall us. They depict the sad fate of most animals in zoos who spend their lives prisoners in artificial surroundings which do not satisfy their basic needs.Whilst some zoos do make more of an effort to create a stimulating environment for their animals, they all hold wild animals captive against their will and show them off as if they were objects of amusement.
And if some zoos argue that their work is essential for the preservation of endangered species, we must remember that very few of the confined animals are endangered species. What's more, an animal who has grown up in captivity can never be let back out into its natural habitat in the wild.In fact, the best way to protect animals in danger of extinction is by preserving their natural habitat. There is no need to make them live in a cage.We hope that the viral photo of the poor lionObiwill raise awareness!If you'd like to jointhe fight to end animal captivity, you can support The Born Free Foundation which strives to end animal's suffering in captivity and phase out zoos.