Stop Keeping Penguins in Zoos

Target: Dr. Martine Dubuc, Government of Canada Delegate to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

Goal: Let penguins stay in the wild where they belong.

Penguins are worldwide one of the most popular attractions in zoos. Day after day these highly intelligent animals are forced to endure numerous hardships for human pleasure. Penguins desperately try to follow their instincts in captivity but are unsuccessful due to their artificial environment.

Zoos pathetically try to emulate the bird’s natural habitat, failing to perceive that penguins should simply remain in the wild. They use penguins’ popularity to increase their profit. Although a majority of a zoo’s income supposedly goes to animal welfare projects, they should never be exploited for people’s gain. Alternative methods are available to support animals in need.

Zoos claim that penguins can live a happy life in captivity because no predators or inclement weather are threatening their lives. This statement is a pathetic excuse for humans who want to keep wild animals in their grip. Penguins are designed to live under extreme weather conditions, and the predator-prey relationship is part of nature. It is known that penguins never thrive when imprisoned and that they can live their lives to their fullest extent only in their natural habitat. Only for breeding programs, and rehabilitation purposes should penguins be allowed to be kept in captivity.

Sign below and demand for these beautiful animals to stay in the wild, and all captive birds to be relocated to wildlife sanctuaries.


Dear Dr. Dubuc,

Zoos are part of our modern society, but they mislead people to believe that wild animals should live in a human-made environment. All captive animals suffer under unnatural living conditions, and penguins are no exception. In simulated environments, penguins are not able to fulfill their biological instincts and suffer dreadfully. A large part of a zoo’s income is used to create artificial habitats for penguins, instead of leaving the birds in their natural home. Thousands are used for people’s gain every day. Zoos justify the abuse of captive animals with promises to support those in need. Animal welfare programs, however, should never be supported by the exploitation of those they aim to protect.

It is a false belief that penguins need to reside in manmade enclosers to be safe from predators and extreme weather conditions. In fact, penguins only live a happy and fulfilling life in the wild. Solely to benefit an endangered species or rehabilitation should penguins be allowed to live in human hands.

I urge you to prohibit the captivity of penguins in zoos worldwide and rehome all captives to wildlife sanctuaries.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Christopher Michel



  1. I know that some people think that zoos are cruel, but even the author of this petition mentions breeding programs. Accredited zoos do much more than display animals for peoples entertainment. They educate humans as to their plight in the wild (poaching, loss of habitat due to climate change and human encroachment…) and also show people the beauty and wonder of our fellow creatures and why we need to protect them. The breeding programs keep the gene pool fresh and strive to save some endangered species so that they can repopulate the wild when the time is right. So, zoos can do a lot of good when managed with the animals’ well being in mind.

    • Agreed, I just wish they were able to provide more space to each species. They also need to monitor every zoo, AND supposed wildlife “sanctuary” more closely to eliminate those not truly doing what’s best for, or properly caring for their animals. AND breeding of exotics for sale as pets, AND for photo ops with baby exotics, such as lions, etc, where once too big for that job, they don’t always have somewhere safe to go, and only create more animals in need, and neglect of said adult animals in many cases MUST STOP!!!!

    • my grandson knows everything there is about dinosaurs, yet he’s never seen one. There is no need to take animals from their natural habitat to educate humans on the plight in the wild or the beauty of the animal. There is a major difference in a sanctuary that rescues and saves endangered species without exploiting them, than a zoo that is more interested in charging admission for profits. There is no zoo large enough to provide the animals with their freedom to roam where they naturally roam, or swim where they naturally swim. There is more destruction to the ecology by removing these animals from their natural habitat, than protecting the habitat in the first place. Zoos are not the answer

  2. Julie Bates says:

    Must we fuck up everything around us
    Shame shame shame on the human race 🥲🥲

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