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Jakarta Post

Environment Watch: Zoo urged to stop admitting new animals

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Malang, East Java   /   Fri, August 27 2010   /  10:31 am

The government has been urged to issue a policy prohibiting zoos from taking in more
animals without considering the availability of the space left to accommodate them.

An NGO focusing on protected animals, ProFauna Indonesia, sees such a regulation is necessary to minimize the deaths of animals due to sickness, starvation or stressful conditions stemming from management failure at zoos.

ProFauna’s chairman Rosek Nursahid said the recommendation was proposed after Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan took over the management of Surabaya Zoo (KBS) in East Java from the old management due to its failure.

“We recommend the government issue as soon as possible the policy that stops the KBS from admitting new animals to the zoo,” Rosek said.

The ministry was forced to take over the zoo’s management because no improvements had been made since early this year...