Life at the Zoo: Confined, Lonely, Miserable

Published by PETA.

China just passed a law improving conditions for some of its zoo animals. Now it’s time for other nations to follow suit.

The conditions at Bhawalpur Zoo in Pakistan are enough to appall any compassionate person—just take a look at this video, which shows the zoo’s pair of lions being taunted by a zoo staffer. As if a life confined to a cement cell wasn’t bad enough?

The sad plight of the animals in the Bhawalpur Zoo moved photographer Amean J. so much that he recently published a book, BHV ZOO, which features a photo exposé of sad animals being neglected and isolated. Set against stark white pages, the black-and-white photographs illustrate the forlorn, ghost-like ambience of the zoo, with animals who wear expressions of abandonment and resignation. Click here for a preview of the photographs. BHV Zoo is also available as an e-book.

Are you as appalled as Amean J. at the horrid state of the Bhawalpur Zoo? Taking action is as easy as pledging never to support the cruelty of captive-animal displays.

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Written by Agnes Tam

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