Zoos are controversial institutions - they are supposed to be places of animal education and conservation, joyful places where you can take the kids for a worry-free day of fun. But all too often zoos around the world mistreat, even murder, the animals in their care.
The zoo in Kiev, for example, has so many fatalities it's called the "concentration camp for animals." At the Mumbai Zoo, the animals that die - mostly from inadequate nutrition and care - are stuffed and put on display as taxidermy. Sadly, animal abuse isn't just limited to zoos in third-world countries. It happens right here at home. And often, the offensive aren't observable to patrons.
"It's horrific what happens in these zoos," says Brittany Peet, PETA's deputy director of captive animal law enforcement. "Anytime profit is the motive, animal welfare is not the motive," explains Peet. It is time consuming and expensive to care for these animals, says Peet, so zoos cut corners, which results in animals suffering. "The less nutritious the food, the cheaper it's going to cost. The less veterinary care used, the less the medical expenses will be," she says.
Though many are bad, some are worse than others. Here, the worst zoos around the world.
Kabul Zoo, Kabul, Afghanistan
A blind lion at the Kabul Zoo. (Photo: Getty Images)