A Canadian animal law charity has released undercover video footage which reveals disturbing animal abuse at a zoo in Ontario. According to the National Observer, the video, which was released on Friday, was taken at the Papanack Zoo one year ago and the footage shows employees admitting to abuse of the animals, as well as dismal living conditions for those who are in the zoo’s care.
Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice, told Global News,
This footage shot at the Papanack Zoo shows a number of very disturbing things, including baby animals ripped away from their mothers when they’re very young so they can be used as selfie props,
Animals can be seen restlessly pacing in small pens and showing other signs of mental and emotional stress – outright actions which appear to be abusive are also captured on the video. The footage is in stark contrast to what the zoo has stated on its website as its mission:
Our goal is to provide animals with a comfortable, caring and safe living environment, while allowing the public an exciting, educational and fun place to visit!
A protest outside of the zoo is scheduled for Saturday, and the Ontario SPCA has launched an animal cruelty investigation.
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