Save Captive Zoo Animals from Mistreatment


Target: Director General of Forestry Administration Dr. Ouk Rabun

Goal: Protect the well-being of captive animals in Cambodian zoos.

Thousands of wild animals being held in captivity in Cambodian zoos are suffering from horribly inhumane and neglectful conditions. Currently, Cambodia has no minimum animal welfare standards and no compulsory inspection or licensing of any wild animal facilities. Anybody could take in a wild animal and force it into captivity for any reason whatsoever and the government will not intervene. Tell the Director of Forestry Dr. Ouk Rabun that this treatment is unacceptable and must be stopped.

Currently, over 16,000 Asian elephants, usually taken from their mother when they are only a few months old, are used for the entertainment of tourists. A third of tourists who have witnessed cruelty upon captive animals on vacation ignored it or did nothing to stop it, and about half of tourists who participated in activities involving animal cruelty were unaware that the treatment was cruel at all.

Corruption within the Cambodian government is common, so it is not surprising that the Ministry of Forestry and Agriculture would turn a blind eye to the mistreatment of these animals. We will not stand for it anymore. Sign to demand an end to this abuse and torture before more animals are harmed.


Dear Director General of Forestry Administration,

I am appalled by the treatment of your captive wildlife that is allowed to go on within zoos and habitats. Animals are being locked in cages and neglected without food, water, shade from sunlight, or ground other than hard concrete. Birds that are kept in your cages are unable to fly. The animals are so clearly mistreated than many tourists at your Teuk Chhou Zoo have actively spoken out against its conditions and continuing business.

As of now, the government of Cambodia has no means of required licensing or inspection of these animal facilities. Because of this, the owners are allowed to treat or mistreat their animals however they please. Grounds of the zoos are overgrown and covered in trash, including the insides of these animals cage. They are visually sick and malnourished, and many appear on the very verge of death.

Please do not let this inconceivable treatment continue any longer. Require that all wild animal habitats are regulated for proper facilities and treatment and include minimum animal welfare standards within your national zoo legislation. Any facilities that do not comply with these requirements should be shut down immediately, no exceptions.


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  1. The goal here should be to release animals from captivity and send them back to the wild or a sanctuary if that’s not possible.

  2. If you insist on keeping animals captive in zoos, then at least treat them well. If you can’t be bothered to treat them well, then let them go to a sanctuary. You have a choice of how you want to live. They don’t.

  3. Sylvia Browning says:

    You would not treat a child so. Do not treat animals so.

  4. you are not fit to look after captive animals or any other ones, you are a disgustingn lot

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