Our response to the recent reports around poor conditions for animals at Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo and Phuket Zoo, two facilities in Thailand.
We are aware of the recent awful conditions that have been highlighted by PETA, in some Thai zoos recently, in particular those in Samutprakarn Crocodile Farm and Zoo and Phuket Zoo.
These conditions are just unacceptable and distressing and we stress again to only visit zoos that make animal welfare a priority.
Unfortunately, while The Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) in Thailand does provide inspection and requirements for conditions for such zoos, due to the lack of effective zoo licensing requirements or animal welfare legislation, there is little that appears to be able to be done to seriously address these issues.
Our work in Thailand focuses on supporting development in facilities that have shown a real interest in animal welfare reform, and where real champions in animal welfare have developed. We will continue to discuss with our Thai and international NGO and zoo colleagues how we can influence future national welfare standards and reform, that can have a positive long-term change for all animals in captivity within Thailand, so that suffering and abuse ends.
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