No polar bears in the zoo?

It's a fight against boredom: zoo animals have to be occupied permanently. In Germany there are discussions about banishing polar bears, elephants and primates from the zoos. The German government therefore commissioned an expert opinion which is supposed to determine the minimum standards or species-appropriate husbandry. There is an expert opinion from 1996, but since then the relationship between humans and animals has changed. Animal welfarists stand up for such a ban because species-appropriate husbandry of elephants or great apes is impossible in zoos. Zoo operators however fear for their existence. They argue that a lot has already been done in order to improve the conditions for the animals.

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