Nottingham animal rights protesters ‘block’ Twycross Zoo

Nottingham animal rights activists were part of a group that staged a protest outside the entrance to Twycross Zoo. Members of Leicester Animal Rights and Nottingham Animal Rights groups stood at the entrance to Twycross Zoo with banners and placards calling on members of the public to boycott the facility.

They held banners in which they claimed that zoos were “prison for animals”, as well as other signs reading “It’s not conservation, it’s cruelty”. There is no evidence that the zoo was cruel to its animals and police were called on Saturday April 16, after it was claimed protesters blocked families from entering the site.

The zoo said it had the highest standards of animal welfare, Live reports from Staffordshire. It is one of the busiest days of the year for the zoo which has suffered during the Covid pandemic with bosses saying it lost £5.5million at the time which would have an impact on the conservation work being done there, they told the time.

A spokesman for animal rights groups said: “Zoos across the UK hold tens of thousands of animals in captivity. Many suffer in silence, their misery is unseen despite the thousands watching them every day. days. Zoos that exploit animals can never be ethical.”

Members of the protest groups have been contacted for further details, but it is understood the protest ended around 12.30pm. The chief executive of Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, Dr Sharon Redrobe: said: “In relation to today’s protests at Twycross Zoo, police were called today because a small group demonstrators prevented visitors from entering the zoo.

“Our mission as a conservation charity that runs a zoo is to educate and inspire people to care about the other species we share our planet with, and therefore save them. Twycross Zoo has the highest standards of animal welfare with excellent animal management procedures.Allegations made by protesters about animal welfare practices at Twycross Zoo are completely baseless.



Leicester Animal Rights and Nottingham Animal Rights groups stood at the entrance to Twycross Zoo with banners and placards calling on members of the public to boycott the facility.

“As for protests more broadly, I’ve talked about this before. I’m asking people to consider thinking of zoos the same way we think of hospitals. You might not like them, but we we need it.

“As a conservation charity that runs a zoo, we are committed to doing all we can to protect and preserve vulnerable species, and to educate our visitors about the pressing issues facing them and our planet. .

“Our planet is now facing a sixth extinction crisis and the solutions to this are not black or white. We must do all we can to protect animal species for future generations. Zoos are part of this solution .”

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