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Born Free – new paper on zoo regulation enforcement

27 November 2013

Born Free Foundation, in conjunction with the University of Bristol, have published a paper in the journal “Animals” entitled “Do formal inspections ensure
that British zoos meet and improve on minimum animal welfare standards?”

The research found:

“Key aims of the formal inspections of British zoos are to assess compliance with minimum standards of animal welfare and promote improvements in animal care and husbandry. We compared reports from two consecutive inspections of 136 British zoos to see whether these goals were being achieved. Most zoos did not meet all the minimum animal welfare standards and there was no clear evidence of improving levels of compliance with standards associated with the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. The current system of licensing and inspection does not ensure that British zoos meet and maintain, let alone exceed, the minimum animal welfare standards.”

The full report is available to download at http://www.mdpi.com/2076-2615/3/4/1058

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