Seal Kept Behind Bars as Allegedly Abusive Zookeeper Walks Free

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CC Fur SealA senior zookeeper at Bristol Zoo has allegedly lashed out violently and punched a fur seal, simply because the animal put a flipper on a set of scales. It’s an upsetting headline, but it shouldn’t really come as a surprise when you consider that, to zoos, animals are simply commodities, to be imprisoned and exhibited for money.

Seals, sea lions and countless other intelligent, sensitive animals kept in zoos endure routine abuse. Locked in cages and forced to perform, they are denied not only their freedom but also the opportunity to fulfil even the most basic instincts and desires or enjoy any semblance of a natural habitat. Zoos began as menageries for the rich to see the exotic living spoils of wars in foreign lands – now they are simply prisons, where beautiful animals are driven mad by the frustration of captivity.

The UK should be following the lead of Costa Rica, which is about to take an unprecedented leap forward in protecting animals by closing all public zoos in the country. Recently, one of Britain’s most famous zookeepers, Damian Aspinall, also joined the call for the abolition of zoos, pointing out that 80 per cent of animals in UK zoos are not in any sense endangered. “We’re supposed to be the intelligent species: surely we’re above having animals entertain our children”, he comments.

Animals don’t belong behind bars – but people who abuse them do. Please don’t give your support or money to these exploitative institutions: stay away from Bristol Zoo and all similar companies that imprison animals for profit.

Image: Ross Elliott / CC BY 2.0


  • jeannette marriott commented on August 8, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    The zoo keeper should have been fined for what he did. Animal abuse should be dealt with. No one is above the law. He should loose his job, and never allowed near any animal again.

    • Wowzers commented on August 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      “No one is above the law.” That is ESPECIALLY true of animal-crazy lunatics who scare young kids into thinking their parents kill animals and brainwash people into going naked for cause against their will (among other things) while allegedly standing for ethical treatment of animals (note the accurate unbiased impartial description of what should stop being Psychopathic Evil Thugs for Animals)!

  • Geraniol commented on August 9, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    When will Peta investigates Dublin Zoo!!

  • Emma commented on August 11, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    I will listen to what Damien Aspinall has to say on the matter when, and only when, he closes down his own two zoos. It is very easy to make pithy comments that generate media profile, but it should be noted that his actions betray him as a hypocrite.

    • Hannah Butterfield commented on October 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      I hate going to zoos and seeing animals un happy I never will work jn a zoo and hurt these poor animals who should in the wild and treated like crap. The person who done this should be in prison and should be banned from working kn other zoos in England I’m sick of seeing animals been treated like dirt

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