Dear Phuket Zoo Proprietors/Owners, Honourary Elected Government Officials of the Royal Thailand Government and The Thailand Tourism Authority,
I am writing to you to express my serious concern about the LACK of appropriate care provided to your Phuket “Zoo” animals. In the Zoos current condition and treatment of these captive animals, this is not only a serious matter of concern for animal welfare, but also a reflection on your country and threat to your toursim industry.
It is apparent that Phuket Zoo exists to purely make a profit, and neglects MOST basic needs of these animals. The facilities are run down, the cages are putrid, small and without ANY enrichment tools or consideration for the wellbeing of the animals. Most cages have little or no feed or fresh water.
Many animals seem injured, are malnourished, neglected and showed obvious signs of distress and mental health issues.
The “shows” exploit the animals for the sake of “entertainment” and pay no consideration again to any need of the animals welfare.
Search any website and find reviews on this "National Tourist Destination" and you will find that I am NOT ALONE in condemning it and recommending that NO TOURIST ever visit your “Zoo” in it’s current condition, and whilst you continue to exploit and neglect the very animals that tourists go to see.
I demand that you take steps to immediately implement and execute a plan to upgrade the Zoo facilities with a COMPLETE focus on animal needs, enrichment and address the MANY issues of animal neglect that you are committing. For instance chaining a tiger so that tourists can sit on it/next to it all day in the heat whilst you have obviously sedated it. Forcing monkeys and primates to “perform”, overcrowding cages, providing no shade or clean water or soft ground or adequate enclosures for the majority of your “Zoos” inhabitants.
This letter has been and will be circulated amongst hundreds if not thousands of others including Travel Agents and those in the tourist Industry, in the hope that we can instigate CHANGE for these animals, and immediately begin to improve their lives and existence. This will reflect well on your concern as a Government, as business owners, as a Nation and as people, on how you respond to these tourists concerns.