After recent reports in the newspaper and on television of the maltreatment of animals, I have felt compelled to write to my local MP and I urge anyone who has a love of animals to do the same:
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2008 7:49 PM
Subject: Welfare of Zoo and Sanctuary Animals
I hope, that like me, you have been appalled by the recent reports in the media about the maltreatment of animals at both the Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary. While I realise the media like to make the most of the truth, I feel that this deserves further investigation.
I hope as my member of Parliament you do all in your power to see this happens. I was also appalled to hear that these organisations do not have to answer to anyone and there are no guidelines in place to ensure these animals are cared for properly.
Having these animals in captivity should be considered a privilege. I'm afraid I don't really agree with zoo's etc, but if we must have them, then the welfare of these animals must be paramount. And the sooner measures are put in place to ensure the welfare of ALL animals in captivity, the better.
I have never felt compelled to write to my MP before, but I feel outrage at these reports.