Government Nixes Zoo Handouts

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$825 billion. That’s a lot of stimulus package. And Congress says zoos and aquariums won’t see a penny of it.

While that’s all well and good (as zoos are no vacation homes for animals), we’ve come up with a proposal that’s a win-win situation for some big zoos.

We have offered to provide a lifetime supply of fruit or a donation toward animal care of $1,000 for every animal if the zoos end their breeding programs and reinvent themselves as sanctuaries for exotic animals rescued from circuses, abusive owners, and roadside attractions. Or, a zoo can get our money or fruit if it becomes a modern “virtual zoo” with animatronics and video footage of wildlife instead of real captives. That way, the animals are happier and the zoo has less work, more visitors, and some funds.

Do you think they’ll go for it? Click here to read our letter to the Denver Zoo, and then tell us what you think.

Written by Christine Doré

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind