ACRES is not an anti-zoo organisation, and we do not want to see all zoos closed down.
However, sadly – in many zoos – animals are kept in substandard conditions. In certain cases, some, or sometimes most or even all – of the needs of the animals are not met, causing them to experience poor welfare and to suffer.
We want to see this end.
We want to see the needs of the animals put first, before anything else, in every facility holding captive wild animals. We want to see all captive wild animals being allowed to live healthy and active lives, with the freedom to act naturally.
We want to see all zoos ensuring the best possible welfare for the animals in their care.
We feel that we have a responsibility to do whatever we can to give animals in zoos a better life.
That’s why we want to work together with zoos and similar captive animals establishments, as well as zoo organisations, to make things better for the animals living in the zoos.