With prior intensive communication with the Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group, the management of Kandi Zoo in West Sumatra has finally decided to cease photo prop with orangutan in the zoo. The zoo management confirmed to Scorpion on Monday (13 March 2017) that decision of ending the photo prop was made by the zoo management.
Orangutan in Kandi Zoo. (Photo: Scorpion)
Since last year, the Scorpion has run a join campaign to end animal cruelty in Indonesia with Change for Animals Foundation, Animals Asia Foundation, and some other organisations.
“This is a good sign from Knadi Zoo management. We previously reminded them that the photo prop with the orangutan is a form of cruelty to the animals. I am hoping that other zoos in Indonesia follow this positive development in Kandi Zoo” said Marison Guciano, Deputy Director of Scorpion Foundation.
Meanwhile the Animal Welfare Director of the Animals Asia foundation, Dave Neale commented: I am thrilled to hear that Kandi Zoo have ended their photo sessions with an orangutan and committed to improve his welfare. This sends a clear signal to other establishments across Indonesia that this form of exploitative entertainment is no longer necessary and will no longer be tolerated. By committing to end this practice, Kandi Zoo are demonstrating their willingness to improve the welfare of the animals in their care and ensuring that animal welfare becomes an integral part of the zoo's future plans.”
Orangutan in cage, Kandi zoo. (Photo: Scorpion)