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Costa Rica Announces Plans to Close Its Zoos, Release Animals From Captivity

Animals  (tags: AnimalWelfare, animaladvocates, ethics, wildanimals )

- 1786 days ago -
"We are getting rid of the cages and reinforcing the idea of interacting with biodiversity in botanical parks in a natural way. We don't want animals in captivity or enclosed in any way unless it is to rescue or save them."

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Animae C (514)
Friday August 2, 2013, 8:27 pm

Lydia S (155)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:35 pm
Thanks for the good news Michael .

David B (16)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:00 pm
Thanks Michael. -- Go Costa Rica! -- Maybe the world will follow your humanitarian act?

Frans Badenhorst (582)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:15 pm
WOW this is unbelievable ! really - it sounds too good to be true - WELL DONE Costa Rica - I really hope this will realize......this made my day

Sheila D (194)
Friday August 2, 2013, 11:33 pm
Kudos to Costa Rica for clearing out the cages. Noted with thanks.

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 3:27 am
I can't believe it---could this be just a dream?? This is the best news in months and just made my weekend! Bravo Costa Rica--muchas gracias! Thx Michael!

Ben O (150)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 3:50 am
Right, and then; -Close down every freaking zoo on this Planet!

Christeen Anderson (371)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:47 am
Kudos to Costa Rica. Thank you.

Ljiljana Milic (115)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 6:10 am
Finally some good No, great news Thank you Michael!

Les M (3)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 12:38 pm
I was happy to read that the animals that probably won't be able to live in the wild will be sent to sanctuaries and rescue centers. I hope that all the animals are found suitable homes by the time they are released.

cynthia l (207)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:12 pm
YIPEE Right on Costa Rica!! I too am happy those that can't live in the wild will be sent to sanctuaries.

Close ALL zoos.

S J (130)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:34 pm
Bravo Costa Rica!!!, go ahead. This is what I hope I can do when I was a kid. I hate zoo and plan to open all those cages!

Noted, thank you so much Michael.

Yvette S (35)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:46 pm
Noted Thanks Michael

Susan B (5)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 1:57 pm
Absolutely gave me a WONDERFUL Saturday! Great news. Peace, blessings and hope to you.

PlsNoMessage s (588)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:02 pm

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:18 pm
YEA Costa Rica! Happy news and I pray zoos worldwide follow your lead. Wild animals belong in the wild or sanctuaries.

Lars Pardo (68)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:55 pm
In addition to the cruelty of locking up animals for their entire lives, zoos that have an active breeding program seldom remind the public that "surplus" animals are sent off to game farms where they are the victims of canned hunts.

"surplus" animals can be defined as too many males in any troop or pride

Marcia Singer (1)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 2:59 pm
This is awesome! I hope they have started a very important ball rolling!

Aud n (740)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 3:21 pm

Carmen S (611)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:04 pm
thanks Michael for sharing this wonderful news

. (7)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 4:34 pm
I am so happy about this, it's just terrific! I wish all zoos would follow suit, thank you Costa Rica!! Thank you Michael!

Danuta W (1250)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 1:52 am

Jill V (416)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 4:51 am
Thanks Michael, what wonderful news!

Tanya W (65)
Sunday August 4, 2013, 5:28 am
No bars, cages, rules or keepers!!! Wonderful news..back to nature as life for wild animals were meant to be!!! Thank you Michael!!! Way to go Costa Rica!!!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:01 am
Fantastic news - I hope other countries take note of this and follow same.

Rosemary H (43)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:12 pm
Lars Pardo, I would be grateful, please, if you would let me have the source of your information.

From the universal joy, I conclude that almost all the animals are Costa Rican species recently taken from the wild, except for the few that will be homed in sanctuaries.
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