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Jakarta Post

Surabaya Zoo scandal may prompt OZ boycott

  • Wahyoe Boediwardhana

    The Jakarta Post

Surabaya   /   Sat, March 17 2012   /  03:09 pm

The poor treatment of animals at Surabaya Zoo may lead some Australian tour operators to boycott trips to East Java, according to a local tourism official.

Yusak Anshori, the head of the East Java Tourism Council, said that several Australian tour operators had sent him a joint email to express their concern about overpopulation at Surabaya Zoo and about allegations of its mistreatment of animals.

“This needs a quick response,” Yusak told The Jakarta Post in Surabaya , East Java, on Friday.

In the email, Luke Cooper from Sydney, Australia, said he intended to visit Surabaya with around 20 others, but canceled his plans following media reports about the poor conditions faced by animals at the zoo.

According to Yusak, the council also received similar emails from people in the Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea and the UK asking if the Indonesian governmen...