Zoo Deliberately Deprives Animals of Food

Animals at a zoo in India were deliberately deprived of food for two days because of a dispute about payment to the zoo contractor.


The company in charge of running the Siddharth Zoo in Aurangbad, India had not been paid by city officials for the past three months.  In protest to the delay the company refused to feed the animals and ordered employees to leave the zoo.


Zoo employees upset by the situation went directly to the mayor’s office to complain. Mayor Anita Ghodele then ordered that immediate payment be made to the zoo contractor. 


However, the check was not handed over to the contractor.  Instead city employees claimed they could not cut the check “because of technical reasons.”


The mayor then claimed that she personally inspected the zoo and made arrangements to feed all of the animals – but food was not delivered that day or the next.  The animals were starved for two full days. 


The whole sordid set of circumstances actually appears to be about concerns that the contractor was cheating the city.  Officials claimed the company was buying stale meat at a cheap price, but charging the city for the full amount and pocketing the difference.


But instead of accusing the contractor or working on a solution to the problem, they simply stopped paying the company and apparently made no provisions for the well-being of the animals.


Poorva Joshipura, chief officer for PETA India said, “It is against the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 to deprive animals of food.  PETA will be urging the Central Zoo Authority and the police to investigate the zoo for illegal activity immediately.”


The Siddharth Zoo was established in 1984.  It is home to 22 species of animals.  It has a snake park and aviary park and houses two lions, seven white Bengal Tigers and eight Royal Bengal Tigers.  It is also home to 34 deer, two elephants and 10 blue bulls.


The zoo was in the news in August when a female tiger was released from her cage and wandered on her own the whole night.  She was captured the following day.


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William C
William C1 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

W. C
W. C2 years ago


Alicia B.
Alicia B5 years ago


Natasha Salgado
Past Member 6 years ago

The ignorance and greed of people is appalling. No animal should suffer for man's stupidity.

Lorraine Andersen
Lorraine A6 years ago

the animals should not have to suffer over two people who act like children. They need to be fined at the least.

Michelle Lindsay
Michelle Lindsay7 years ago

All acting like children... fighting over personal disputes instead of prioritizing the animals' lives that are in their hands. Jeesh!

Masha Samoilova
Past Member 7 years ago

how sad

Mike Kowalchuk
Mike Kowalchuk7 years ago

its getting so bad for the innocent,they realy have no other choice,there is no habitat left for them were else are they going to live,and the ones that are left in the whats left of the wild ,are persecuted just for living in the way they were designed,if man doesn't stop not only will he destroy the creatures he will destroy himself,look around its happening now and its happening fast.

colleen prinssen
colleen p7 years ago

so a zoo in India did this. "now it means all zoos do this, even the one in San Diego"

Hope S.
Hope Sellers8 years ago

The company running the zoo should be replaced; they are the ones who told the employees to leave the animals.

The mayor certainly shouldn't have taken three months to pay the zoo. Perhaps they could stretch the food but when animals being fed or not the mayor should have made that a priority.