Ban Harmful Paper Products at Zoos

Target: Dennis W. Kelly, Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Goal: Ban paper and plastic products at zoos to help maintain a safe environment for the animals.

Zoos are busy and noisy places for animals to have to live out their lives. While many zoo animals find some peace and quiet in their exhibits, others are put at risk from left behind trash. In order to keep a clean and safe environment for all their animals, zoos should ban paper and plastic products.

There are a lot of places to grab a snack or a drink at the zoo, and unfortunately, that means that there are a lot of places handing out paper and plastic products. These products can then wind up in animal exhibits or be picked up by other non-zoo animals. Paper products provide zoo visitors with easy to discard products for meals and snacks. But, these easy to discard products are creating a large amount of waste.

Zoos should strive to eliminate the wasteful paper and plastic products they provide visitors. Animal conservation isn’t just about saving the animal species, it’s also about preserving their habitats and reducing pollution. Zoos should offer reusable containers and drinkware. An incentive program could be created to get guests to bring in their own reusable containers and cups. Guests could collect points every time they used a reusable item that they brought in. These points would accumulate and then guests would redeem them for various discounts and rewards.

By cutting out the paper and plastic products, zoos would be safer for animals and would create a healthier planet. Please sign this petition and urge zoos to end the use of wasteful products.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Kelly,

Zoos strive to be leaders in the conservation movement. But, at the same time, zoos are also contributing to the large collection of trash that the human population is creating. By providing paper and plastic products to guests, zoos are creating unnecessary waste that is dangerous to the animals they are trying to protect.

Thousands of people visit zoos every year. Most visitors will spend an entire day at the zoo, which means they will eat close to three meals at the zoo. If zoos offered incentive programs for guests to bring their own containers for meals and drinks, this would cut down on the waste that zoo restaurants are creating. These incentive programs would offer a point collection system that visitors would be able to redeem for discounts and rewards. For those not wanting to bring their own containers, they could use the reusable products that the zoo would provide. Visitors could also purchase their own reusable cups and containers at the zoo gift shop for a discounted price.

Excess trash can pose a threat to zoo animals if they end up in their exhibits. While guests may mean well and try to throw away all their trash, there is no guarantee that a plastic fork won’t end up in the seal exhibit. By using only reusable items, zoos would be fighting for conservation and pollution reduction. Please implement the use of reusable containers in zoos and keep the animals and planet safe.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Klein Alexis

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7 Comments

  1. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Please implement the use of reusable containers in zoos and keep the animals and planet safe! OR, better yet, close the zoos and return wild animals to their natural habitat!!!

  2. Patricia Akers says:

    Since I don’t go to zoos at all I don’t notice or see the trash but this is an excellent idea if the zoo is going to remain open which I don’t think any of them should.

  3. Denise Devereux says:

    Do we have to educate Zoos as well on animal care and the environment.

  4. GET THE ANIMALS OUT OF THIS PRISON NOW.

  5. Lisa Finnigan says:

    How about fining people who litter?

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared

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