PETA Calls for Lynx Who Escaped From Welsh Zoo to Be Moved to Sanctuary
PETA and Lynx UK Trust are joining forces to call for Lillith, the Eurasian lynx who escaped from Borth Wild Animal Kingdom near Aberystwyth last week, to be moved to a reputable sanctuary if captured. Police have been searching for her using helicopters, while the park has reportedly set traps to capture her.
A joint statement issued by PETA and Lynx UK Trust reads as follows:
Borth Wild Animal Kingdom is not fit for purpose. Lillith had reportedly been gone for several days before the zoo even realised she was missing, and she and a number of other lynxes were confined to a small enclosure in which territorial aggression was commonplace. We call on Ceredigion County Council to ensure that Lillith, if caught, is moved to a reputable sanctuary where she can lead the more meaningful life she has thus far been denied. We stand ready to help.
Lynxes, like all animals – humans included – want to be free. Even the best zoos cannot begin to replicate their natural habitats or give them the autonomy to make choices about relationships – or anything else, for that matter. They are invariably stressed when deprived of all control over their lives and will do whatever they can to escape. In the wild – where they belong – they are solitary animals who roam vast distances through dense forest and can run at speeds of up to 40 miles an hour.
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Even in the best conditions that zoos can offer, a lifetime of captivity is no life at all for wild animals. Please visit our Issues page to learn more about the problems with zoos.