Target: Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture for the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Goal: Protect zoo animals from debilitating mental illness.
There is a disturbing sickness known as zoochosis which affects animals kept in captivity. Zoochosis commonly causes self-mutilation, biting, pacing, swaying, vomiting, miscarriages, tongue-biting, and coprophilia (infatuation with feces). These unnatural behaviors and unfortunate occurrences can, and often do, become compulsive.
Zoochosis is caused by incredible amounts of stress felt by animals in captivity. They are given little stimulation, put in unnatural climates and environments, and given little ability to do what they need to do to thrive as wild animals. People come in groups to gawk at the animals and they have nowhere to hide from the commotion. Zoochotic behaviors can be improved and we need to take action to get stricter regulation on the living situations of these wild animals brought into captivity.
Sign the petition below to show your support for new guidelines that would help improve the lives of zoo animals all over the country.
Dear Secretary Vilsack,
The circumstances in which animals are kept in zoos are cruel and can be improved if you and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are willing to make the changes. The lax regulation of zoos needs to be stopped. The laws put in place are insufficient and only take care of the basic physical needs of the animals rather than their psychological and emotional needs.
The animals need a better and more natural habitat to be able to thrive as they would in the wild. Animals kept in unnatural climates need to be given over to zoos with the appropriate climate. Animals need to have a way to escape the hustle and bustle of the zoo crowds. They need the ability to get away if they feel they are threatened or uncomfortable. Large animals need to be able to run and interact with other animals in a natural and stimulating way.
A natural environment, a natural habitat, a natural climate, and natural stimulation are the only ways to help improve the horrible effects of zoochosis. We desperately need these changes made and regulated. It is unfortunate that these wild animals live in captivity–the least we can do is encourage them to thrive naturally and live life the best they can.
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