Yesterday, the media pounced upon the results of a poll on the Europe's most popular zoos, released by the review website, TripAdvisor. Local, national and international press covered the results of this poll, telling readers that "if you are planning a European holiday over the next few weeks, have a look at this selection of marvelous menageries."
The zoos featured put out their own press releases, expressing their delight at being recognized for their efforts.
Here we take an alternative look at Europe's "Top Ten" zoos, and give our reasons to give them, and any other business which holds animals captive for money, a wide berth.
1. Loro Parque
Puerto de la Cruz, Spain
TripAdvisor review says: "The animals are well looked after here, and it shows. The gorillas are really funny to watch. They love to show off."
We say: The name Loro Parque may be familiar to those concerned with the cruel practice of keeping cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in captivity. It is the place where wild-born orca, Morgan, was moved despite international outcry and concerted campaigning to have her returned to her ocean home. The conditions that Morgan now endures have been described as "a living hell" and campaigners say "she chews on the concrete sides due to apparent boredom and stress, leading to her front teeth becoming dangerously worn to the gums."