Shut down cruel Stingray Beach exhibit at Assiniboine Park Zoo!

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SHUT DOWN CRUEL STINGRAY EXHIBIT AT ASSINIBOINE PARK ZOO!

The Assiniboine Park Zoo located in Winnipeg, Manitoba recently launched a controversial and cruel “hands-on” Stingray Beach exhibit at the zoo which allows the public to interact with the animals. There are approximately 25 cownose rays and two southern stingrays in this exhibit.

After being open for just over a month the stingrays began displaying “aggressive” mating behaviour which resulted in three stingray deaths and numerous injuries. The exhibit was temporarily closed to the public on June 26, 2019. The media has made a joke of this issue claiming “lusty” and “raunchy” behaviour has shut down the exhibit, which has resulted in humourous reactions from the public. The Assiniboine Park Zoo, the media, and general public have failed to recognize this as an act of extreme animal cruelty. 

According to the World Animal Foundation, “Confined and gawked at by crowds, stingrays in exhibits endure constant stress. They may suffer from temperature extremes and irregular feeding and watering. Their immune systems can become weakened, and they become prone to sickness; many resort to self-mutilation in reaction to stress or boredom. Mental illness is rampant among confined animals. Torn from their families and deprived of all dignity, every part of their lives is controlled by their captors.” (http://www.worldanimalfoundation.net/f/Stingray.pdf)

Zoos are animal prisons where immense cruelty and suffering exists because animals are prevented from living in their natural environments and are enslaved for their entire lives. We are demanding that the Assiniboine Park Zoo keep this exhibit closed for good! The stingrays should be transported to a marine wildlife sanctuary where they will not be subject to captivity and cruelty from being enslaved in a zoo.

Please call the Assiniboine Park Zoo at 204 927 6000 and email them at info@assiniboinepark.ca to ask them to shut down this cruel exhibit. We will continue to work at liberation for all animals so that no animal will be held captive at Assiniboine Park Zoo or any other zoo.

For the animals,

Manitoba Animal Save

Articles:

Assiniboine Park Zoo temporarily closes raunchy ray exhibit: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/assiniboine-park-zoo-sting-ray-exhibit-closed-1.5192017

Lusty stingrays lead to temporary closure of Assiniboine Park Zoo exhibit: https://globalnews.ca/news/5434266/lusty-stingrays-lead-to-temporary-closure-of-assiniboine-park-zoo-exhibit/

Visitors can touch stingrays at new exhibit coming to Assiniboine Park Zoo: https://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/visitors-can-touch-stingrays-at-new-exhibit-coming-to-assiniboine-park-zoo-1.4376009

‘They seem pretty friendly': New stingray exhibit wows kids and adults at Assiniboine Park Zoo: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/stingrays-winnipeg-assiniboine-park-zoo-exhibit-1.5138928


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