Success: Leaders Offer Workshops to Improve Zoo Animal Welfare

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Target: Ron Kagan, Chief Executive of the Detroit Zoo

Goal: Thank zoo leaders for improving animal welfare at Chinese zoos

China has often been in the news for their lacking care of animals in zoos, whether it is a lack of protective supervision for the animals against guests or a lack of a zoo mission by encouraging the eating of the zoo animals. A recent ForceChange petition called for improved monitoring and care at a Chinese zoo. Now, three zoos in China though will be inspected by zoo leaders from the Detroit Zoo to ensure the animals have adequate living space and food. In order to educate Chinese zoos on how to interact with the animals, training workshops will be available as well for long-term changes to be enacted. The Detroit Zoo, under the Detroit Zoological Society, strives to research animal welfare, to provide a forum for findings, and to train truly knowledgeable caregivers for the animals, making it an example for China’s zoos.

According to Ron Kagan, Chief Executive of the Detroit Zoo, the zoo officials in China are eager to learn how to implement practices more suitable to each animal’s natural environment and natural diet, and they invited him to help them. Kagan will discuss ways to improve with the zoo staff, including providing instruction of hands-on care.

The workshop, “From Good Care to Great Welfare,” will continue for four days and will be led by multiple officials, consisting of lectures, discussions, and exercises to strengthen understanding of the animals that are held in captivity.

Please show your appreciation of the efforts to offer quality care to animals in zoos.


Dear Ron Kagan,

Thank you for your dedication to animal welfare. With China desperately needing to change its standards of treatment toward their zoo animals, I appreciate you and your team leaders assisting zoo employees in the process with your extensive assessment and your training workshops.

In the past, zoo animals in China have been neglected, whether it is being tormented by onlookers or even being on the menu at certain zoos. Your recognition for the need to educate and introduce zoo officials to better practices that can benefit animals in captivity should be applauded for its emphasis on an environment more suited to each species. The work that the Detroit Zoo does as well is appreciated for its pioneering methods to address animal welfare.

Please continue to monitor animals in zoos across China and to reform zoo practices. Thank you so much once again for advocating for animal rights.


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  1. Yes, this is a good start and I hope a big part of the training teaches kindness,empathy,and compassion of these living creatures.

  2. Karin Nelson says:

    I signed but very reluctantly.It’s a tiny step in the right direction but we need to close zoos worldwide. We as the human species have no right to enslave and cage another species for our entertainment.

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