Wild Welfare has been made aware of animal performances taking place at a zoo in Cambodia, where orangutans are being made to dance, ride bicycles and fight each other wearing boxing gloves.
Wild Welfare strongly condemns the exploitation of captive wild animals like this and considers zoo performances that are harmful to an animal’s physical or psychological well-being as completely unacceptable.
Wild Welfare’s Projects Director Georgina Groves, said: “This event in Cambodia demonstrates animal cruelty and a zoo’s responsibility should be to animal welfare. There is nothing natural about what these orangutans are being asked to do and it is quite clear that human entertainment has been given priority over animal welfare, with intelligent individuals being made to perform what can only be described as circus tricks and stunts to amuse visitors.”
A news story on AsiaOne shows the animal performance taking place at Phnom Penh Safari, a zoo in Cambodia’s capital city.
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