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Rebekka
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susan
No I do not
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Nico
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No I do not
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Leonie
No I do not
No I do not
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Candice
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No I do not
Some zoos have been well managed historically, and can be helpful places for rehabilitation, however, the overall concept of a Zoo is flawed and cruel. They are unnatural environments that encourage the continued trade in and imprisonment of animals who should rather be protected in their wild environments.

All Zoos should be converted to purposes of animal rescue and rehabilitation only. And places where the public should be educated on the true needs of all animals.

Yes
The amendment is a step in the right direction. Thank you.
Esme
No I do not
No I do not
Pretoria Zoo is not coping with the aninals
Animals should roam freely.
Yes
Not enough has been done to protect the animals. This is a step in the right direction.
Alan
Yes I do
No I do not
Yes
It is time that animals were given more protection from cowardly brutes and indifferent and totally incompetent keepers. Zoos are essentially unnatural environments for these animals - if they are to give us the recreational pleasure we so crave they deserve our respect - or reintroduce them to their natural habitats. We were given dominion over this kingdom by God and that makes us accountable to discharge this mandate responsibly and with care - not with indiscriminate or targeted, self-indulgent abuse!
Adrien
No I do not
No I do not
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Bailey
No I do not
No I do not
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Cornelia
Yes I do
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Oliver
No I do not
No I do not
Abimals should not have to perform for human entertainment.
Yes
K
No I do not
No I do not
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Zoos are the last resort for animals that cannot go back into the wild due to injury. While in captivity they should be looked well after. Any signs of distress should be examined.
Breeders of dogs/cats etc should also not be allowed to sell any animals untill all dog /cat shelters have housed all their dogs/cats etc.
Reginald
No I do not
No I do not
There is a difference between a sanctuary and a zoo. Sanctuaries care for animals, Zoos exploit them.
Yes
This is their home too. They live and feel and experience life just like we do. There is no good reason at all why we should not protect them at all costs.
Louise
No I do not
No I do not
SA cannot even treat people with fairness , compassion and dignity. Why was Lotto donations to animal welfare organisations stopped? A society can be judged by the manner in which it treats the most vulnerable, i.e. it's animals. SA is a failure. To the majority of people, animals mean nothing. We need to do everything to protect them.
Yes
linda
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It's an antiquated South African legacy ; the Bible says people shall have DOMINION over the earth and animals. The interpretation of DOMINION has been to mean that animal owners/carers have the unrestricted power to decide how an animals may be treated. This is not correct and unjust.
The NSPCA have the powers to oversee the 2 animal protection Acts. I'm sure they are not in favour of the exclusions provided for State organisations , etc. I've watched documentaries on , for example, the appalling treatment of horses in the western Cape by the Army. The NSPCA were called in several years ago to monitor and deal with security organisations using dogs and the bad treatment of them. These are just 2 instances, and the video about the elephants at Jo'burg Zoo is heartbreaking and appalling. There is no justification. The same applies to "farmed" lions and big cats for export of their parts to the East and for hunting. Their care is appalling and inhumane.
I cannot help correlating the way animals are treated with the way we treat ourselves. The continued existence of great harm to women and children is indicative of an underlying brutal attitude as a nation. This is fostered by the inability of SAPS, or unwillingness, to pursue any retribution. We have outdated and outmoded Laws in South Africa. This is the opportunity to start getting it right. Do it - and don't make exceptions for State organisations or anybody else.
Yes
Hannelie
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Rene
No I do not
No I do not
I can understand if these facilities were for rehabilitation purposes because of traumatic events but I do not agree with animals being incarcerated for the purpose of human entertainment
Yes
We have a God given mandate to look after our planet and everything it holds including the animals so it is our responsibility to do so.
Nicola
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Yes
Marlene
No I do not
No I do not
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Hans
No I do not
No I do not
By choosing "Not to support the South African Zoos" I mean that I do NOT agree with the way that animals are held and treated in captivity.
Our National parks are quite sufficient - if also mismanaged - to facilitate viewing of these animals and they should be rehabilitated and released back into the wild wherever possible.
Yes
Tarryn
No I do not
No I do not
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Sandra
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Johan
No I do not
No I do not
Close down all zoo's. Put the animals in a park where they will have freedom.
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Elisabeth
No I do not
No I do not

People in Charge do not really care about animals and their needs ..... unfortunately! They have no compassion about animals.... do not think that animals have feelings , are scared because they do not live in their natural environment and do not want to walk in circle and /or on concrete floors...... and far to often are in very small enclosures and in single confinement.... most animals are in herds or flocks . The people who work in zoos should be proud of their work because they are showing the public the animals living in our country......! I would really suggest send all these animals to places where they be rehabilitated and close all zoos because it is no more fun seeing them suffering!
Yes
Wild animals in zoos do not get the necessary treatment ...
The workers in charge are not really concerned about the wellbeing of these animals!
Jennifer
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Too many people employed by the zoos and circuses who regard their job just as a job and do as little as possible. Without the empathy for the animals they should be caring for, they have no compassion or any idea that animals have the same feelings as humans in regard to love, pain, confusion and terror.
A zoo should be a place where the population can see which animals we share our country or planet with and be taught to have respect for these remarkable creatures.
Yes
Cruelty should be banned at any level and is unacceptable behaviour, whether to humans or animals. Someone who is abusing an animal is just as likely to be abusing another human.