SCORPION investigators were shocked to see a lion looking drugged at Taman Safari, Bogor, last weekend.
The lion was being used to attract visitors and pay to have their photo taken with it. This is cruel to the lion.
Taman Safari are a member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquaria (WAZA). The lion here, with no water,
used as a prop for photographs, is a breach of WAZA’s Code of Ethics.
Marison Guciano, senior investigator with Scorpion said, “We ask BKSDA to reassure us this lion was not drugged and it no lion
will in future be used in this way to make money. The welfare of the lion must come first.”
Scorpion’s photos show clearly, two keepers forcing the lion to stay awake.
Everything about this is unnatural and cause for concern.
Guciano continued, “Scorpion calls
on Taman Safari to stop this and other exploitation
of wild animals. Zoos are not supposed to entertain visitors. They should be about
conservation and education, I’m sure we all agree - don’t we?”
We hope BKSDA will investigate this urgent matter and establish if the lion was drugged or not.