Animal Liberation Malta, an animal rights movement is raising its voice against the continued operation of zoos in Malta.
In an action carried out outside the premises of Wildlife Park in Rabat on the 8th of September, an activist locked herself in a cage to symbolise the entrapment felt by the animals inside the zoos.
The organization firmly believes that animals should not be kept in captivity, away from their natural environments. In an effort to promote awareness and change,
Animal Liberation Malta wants the public to understand that whilst they are paying the price of an entrance ticket (or donation), animals are paying the ultimate price.
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ALM activist Tanya Fontebasso said, “We are here to remind people that every ticket purchased is a contribution towards animal slavery. Zoos like this and others only exist because people support them. We invite everyone to rethink their choices in a more ethical way, remembering that there is nothing entertaining in seeing these majestic creatures in cages where they are not free to express their natural instincts and needs”.
Animal Liberation Malta asserts that animals such as bears, lions, tigers, and exotic species do not belong in confined spaces like zoos, where they are deprived of the freedom to exhibit their natural behaviours and expressions.
We take note that the zoo regulations have been shelved for over two years. It is abundantly clear that there is no political will to make any changes. Thus, as animal activists we appeal to individuals to make the right choices in favour of animals by not supporting slavery.
ALM also states that there is no educational benefit from exploitation and slavery. We advocate for alternative methods of education and conservation that do not involve keeping animals in captivity.