Not All Animals Are ‘Party Animals’

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I’m no party pooper, but I was horrified to read about the party bloopers that London Zoo is planning for each weekend this month.

Those of us who share our homes with an animal companion already know how easily animals can become frightened by loud noises, flashing lights and crowds of strange people. So whoever came up with the idea of hosting a “silent disco” – a party in which attendees wear headphones to listen to music whilst they dance around – at London Zoo must have a severe compassion deficit when it comes to the needs of animals. Not only do the animals held prisoner in the zoo’s enclosures already have to endure a life that is a million miles from their natural habitats – both in distance and in their ability to engage in natural behaviours – but they also have to contend with hundreds of probably drunken partygoers tramping around their animal prisons!

But it doesn’t end there: am I the only person who sees the irony in the fact that London Zoo is also advertising that there will be a seafood bar and a barbecue at these events? That’s right, it is surprising that an organisation allegedly concerned with wildlife conservation would be supporting the slaughter of animals in order to cook their flesh, combined with the fact that meat production is a key contributor to climate change and the destruction of the world’s rain forests – the very habitat that some of the animals the zoo is trying to “conserve” come from.

Come on, London Zoo! This is a crazy idea. You may be able to cover people’s ears with headphones, but animal lovers still have the foresight to see what a dumb stunt this really is.


  • KT commented on August 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Those poor animals! Why don’t we let them out so they can have a party of their own…in the wild where they belong!

  • douglas commented on August 5, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    isnt a party in a zoo where everyone has headphones on better than having a loud DJ? It will be just like another day at the zoo, but at night.

  • Paul Ryder commented on August 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Unless they are cooking up Tiger burgers I fail to see the irony, last time I checked Cows were not an endangered species.

  • emma commented on August 12, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    If they really cared about their animals then [which they dont] then they would’nt think about having a “silent party” — As if! .. people will be shouting and screaming! Theres no need!

  • Jasmine Chen commented on August 23, 2010 at 10:38 am

    errr hellooooooo….. why is London Zoo having a party when animals are sensitive to bright lights and loud noises??????????????? just as Emma said, they don’t care about their animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    yes London Zoo, animals have feelings too! Wake up!

  • LUCAS commented on May 27, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    london zoo are insensitive butt holes think about it not everyone loves animals but everyone wants to be rich? who ever owns london zoo is under the impression that the more endangered species brought in from their true home the more money made they even had the tenacity to air their own tv show over here in england called the zoo if only animals could talk to us and the show the zoo was a show where they interviewed the animals i even wrote my own book about animals in the zoo and a heroic quest of a cougar a bear a fox and a raccoon who set out to rescue their beaver friend who is taken to a zoo. p.s IM 12!!!!!!!!!!! well done peta
    it may not sound like it but im trying to say that london zoo is very cold and heartless

  • LUCAS commented on May 27, 2014 at 2:09 pm

    and i must say your video 98 percent human just scared me silly please never show it again and take it off of the internet ESPECIALLY youtube or atleast put an age restriction on your video maybe there is a more friendly way to get the word out about animals in captivity

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