Cancel after hours 'Zoo Nights' at ZSL London Zoo

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This cannot go on any longer. This is a recurring event where ZSL London Zoo is basically turned into a nightclub for the night after the zoo has closed, with music blaring and alcohol being sold, with no care for the animals and with countless incidents in previous years. 

Examples of the chaos that has ensued previously:

  • People trying to enter enclosures
  • People pouring beer over tigers
  • Someone stripped off and tried to get into the penguin pool to allegedly harm a penguin
  • A group of people cracked the glass on the snake enclosure
  • Butterflies were crushed to death

People have commented on this petition saying they used to work for the zoo/previously attended one of these events and said the animals appeared visibly stressed, with someone saying on one occasion people were cleared away from the gorilla enclosure whilst zookeepers calmed them down.

This has to stop. There seems to be absolutely no consideration for the animals who are already kept at the zoo against their will, it is all for consumers. This is clearly a big money maker but  I'm sure there are plenty of other ways of raising money without risking the animals safety, as this should be top priority. The last thing these animals need is to be surrounded by drunk people and loud music. This event has been rebranded several times with no indication of it being cancelled for good.

There are 8 of these events, on all the Fridays of June AND JULY! The first event begins on the 7th June, THIS WEEK! We don't have a lot of time before the animals are subjected to 1 of these stupid things a week for TWO MONTHS, so please help by signing, sharing and letting the zoo (and Magnum Ice Cream, their sponsor) know how you feel! Thank you so so much, I am so grateful for every signature.

Here is the link to the 2014 article explaining what happened at a previous event:

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/jul/18/london-zoo-party-night-animal-welfare

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The RSPCA and PETA have been contacted by CNN about these stupid nights and have said the following:

"Zoos should be responsible for the safety of the animals in their care. Allowing these late-night events to continue does not demonstrate adequate consideration for animal welfare," said Adam Grogan, head of wildlife at the RSPCA.

"Mixing animals with people drinking alcohol can have disastrous results -- a fact that ZSL London Zoo is well aware of yet is deliberately choosing to ignore," PETA UK's Director Elisa Allen added. "To host loud, alcohol-fueled events which cause them fear and distress and even pose a threat of physical harm to them defies belief." (https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/london-zoo-parties-scli-gbr-intl/index.html

A comment from Born Free Foundation says the same thing: "The presence of visitors tends to stress animals in zoos, whatever the time of day -- so adding more visitors is going to add more stress," Chris Draper, head of Animal Welfare at the Born Free Foundation, which has researched the impact of the nights on animals in the past, told CNN. "Adding more stuff going on late at night adds insult to injury."

"It raises the prospect of bad behavior, if they're adding to music to the mix," Draper said. "These animals are not subjected to music on a daily basis, they're not used to music."

Dismissing the events as irresponsible, Draper said the zoo is sending a message "that it's OK to treat animals as entertainment exhibits."


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