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Take action! What you can do to help shut down Spanish Zoos.

28 September 2011

Animal Equality's undercover investigation into the most important zoos in Spain

Animal Equality published an undercover investigation into the most important zoos in Spain, on 7 September 2011.

To find out more about the investigation visit:
To watch the trailer of the investigation click here.

Take Action! What Can I do?

- The message zoos give is a sad and dangerous one: that other animals exist on this planet for human entertainment. Whether on holiday or closer to home, we can choose not to support this murky, exploitative industry: do not visit the zoo.

- You can make a difference by informing others about why these places should not exist. Share our zoo investigation and post it to your friends.

- You can also contact the Spanish Embassy in your country by sending them a letter urging them to take action and demanding the closure of all Spanish zoos.

You can find the emails of your Spanish Embassy in your country clicking here.

Sample letter:

Dear Ambassador,

I am writing to alert you to the findings of a recent investigation into the Spanish zoo industry by the international animal rights group, Animal Equality.

Eight of the most well-known zoos in Spain, located in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Cádiz, Sevilla, Jerez and Córdoba were documented over the course of a year by the Animal Equality investigation team. The shocking findings reveal gross misconduct by zoo staff and a high proportion of animals in poor health, which raises the question of the availability of husbandry expertise, health care and veterinary attention at the zoos.

The investigation has received national and international media coverage – on major TV channels, radio, and in newspapers within Spain itself, as well as in a UK tabloid. The group has filed complaints to the relevant authorities in Spain, outlining their concerns, and has recommended that the zoos close.

The investigation findings include:

- Exploitative performances or encounters at most of the zoos. Performances involved animals carrying out potentially damaging and stressful behaviour. Some of the animals performing were wild-caught.
- Sick and injured animals left to suffer without veterinary attention
- Zoo workers hitting the animals
- Mentally disturbed animals self-mutilating
- Animals surrounded by debris including feed and faeces

One particularly heartbreaking story is that of a lion cub named “Chata” at Seville Zoo. Disturbing footage shows Chata chained around the neck and struggling to free herself as staff administer an injection of saline solution. Further conversations show members of staff telling investigators that a vet would not be called to her despite an ongoing illness and, eventually, we hear recordings detailing her which, according to the member of staff questioned, the vet attributed to her simply not wanting to live.

Investigators also discovered that this zoo were using dangerous animals for photo sessions with tourists, and were even hiring out some of the animals to be used in TV advertising.

You can view the full investigation report at

I urge you to begin remedial action against these zoos and I support the call for their closure.

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter, and I look forward to
hearing from you.

Yours sincerely

Name & Address

Animal Equality is an international non-profit organisation dedicated to achieving equal consideration and respect for animals. We work to raise public awareness of the suffering and death of non-human animals in our society. We call for the abolition of animal use whilst encouraging the public to adopt a vegan lifestyle.

To learn more about the use of animals in entertainment click here.