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By Alan Green

This stunning and groundbreaking document at the trafficking and inhumane therapy of infrequent and unique animals exposes a complete community of individuals and associations extra drawn to revenue than in animal welfarefrom zoos and natural world parks to unique meat buyers and Amish farmers..

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In the course of one fresh 12 months, for instance, 3 endangered Rothschild’s mynah birds (a. okay. a. Bali mynahs or Bali starlings) died on the nationwide Zoo. One was once discovered lifeless in its convey, yet a necropsy published not anything that may allow a definitive prognosis. the second, additionally stumbled on with out indicators of trauma, it sounds as if died from an obstruction in its gizzard—a fabric that can were silicone caulk. The 3rd died of trauma after a snake obviously attempted to capture and devour it. Shed snakeskin used to be present in the overhead twine of an adjoining cage, so there has been hypothesis that the late-September dying resulted from the resident attic inhabitants relocating in for the wintry weather. yet nobody may possibly say for sure how the chicken had relatively died. the general public often can pay consciousness to the demise of such “charismatic megafauna” as pandas, however the loss of life of alternative zoo citizens often is going disregarded. within the spring of 1998, besides the fact that, as Disney’s Animal nation was once getting ready to open, there has been an uproar over revelations that approximately dozen animals—half of them small mammals—had died there within the earlier 12 months and a part. The lifeless incorporated 4 cheetah cubs (drank poison), a Sable antelope (became entangled in an electrical fence), and topped cranes (flattened by means of travel vehicles). Executives of the Walt Disney corporation insisted that the physique count number used to be now not so strange, and so they have been correct: in comparison with different drive-through parks, the tally was once fairly modest. At Lion nation Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida, six chimpanzees died in a single contemporary yr, together with 4 that by no means lived prior one month. the subsequent 12 months chimpanzees drowned and a 3rd was once euthanized after it attacked employees and killed one in all its exhibit-mates. In 1990, while the Dallas occasions bring in investigated foreign flora and fauna Park, the now-defunct drive-through safari owned by way of foreign Animal trade, the AZA-ACCREDITED animal disposal carrier, its journalists chanced on files to teach that, within the early Nineteen Eighties, sixty-four animals had died over a ten-month interval, together with multiple hundred from an infection or irritation and a dozen from hypothermia. At Six Flags Wild Safari, in Jackson, New Jersey, the loss of life count number in one three-month interval on the drive-through park was once twenty-six: giraffe (skull fracture), baboon (head trauma), scimitar oryx (fractured neck), eland (fractured neck), blackbuck antelope (fractured neck), rhea (gore wound), peacock (predator), black swan (hypothermia), fallow deer (drowned), elk (peritonitis), rhea (peritonitis), white-bearded gnu (infection), emu (shock from blood loss), baboon (congestive center failure), elk (pneumonia), black swan (pneumonia), llama (blood disease), blackbuck (gastrointestinal disorder), wallaroo (lumpy jaw), bontebok (birth complications), zebra (tetanus), ostrich (slipped tendon, euthanized), blackbuck (compound fracture, euthanized), rhea (compound fracture, euthanized), ankoli farm animals (compound fracture, euthanized), white-bearded gnu (severe fracture, euthanized).

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