In April 2005, ACRES launched a campaign to end the use of wild animals in shows at the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari. This was due to concerns that not only was animal welfare probably being compromised, but also that public safety could be at risk during the shows, following an incident in which a member of the public was injured by a serval during a show at the Night Safari. We also strongly felt that watching animals, such as the orang utan, performing circus-style tricks was of no educational value, simply reinforcing the outdated idea that animals are for humans to use as tools for entertainment.
In April 2005, ACRES went to observe and document the orang utan’s performance in the “Spirits of the Rainforest” show at the Singapore Zoo and found that most of the acts that the orang utan was made to perform were far from natural.
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