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Ethics and welfare in Southeast Asian Zoos

By Agoramoorthy Govindasamy

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The Southeast Asian Zoos Association (SEAZA) is the only major zoological organization connecting about 90 zoos and recreational parks in the region. The Ethics and Welfare Committee of SEAZA established the zoo evaluation procedure in 1998 to assess ethics and animal welfare situation in zoos. The objective of the evaluation is not to measure animal welfare scientifically but to identify, rectify and prevent ethical and welfare-related problems in zoos. Between 1999 and 2000, evaluations of 12 member zoos in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia were completed. This commentary highlights some of the observations during the evaluation, such as recent criticisms related to acquisition of animals, openness of zoos to constructive criticisms and the prospects of future zoo evaluations in Southeast Asia.

Publication Title Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science
Volume 7
Issue 3
Pages 189-195
ISBN/ISSN 1088-8705
Publisher Taylor & Francis
DOI 10.1207/s15327604jaws0703_5
Language English
Author Address Tajen Institute of Technology, Yanpu, Pingtung 907, Taiwan.agoram@mail.nsysu.edu.tw
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  1. Animal rights
  2. Animal welfare
  3. ASEAN Countries
  4. Asia
  5. Commonwealth of Nations
  6. Developing countries
  7. Evaluation
  8. Indonesia
  9. Malaysia
  10. peer-reviewed
  11. Thailand
  12. Threshold Countries
  13. Zoo and captive wild animals
  14. Zoological gardens
  15. Zoos
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