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Nottingham animal rights protesters ‘block’ Twycross Zoo

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Animal rights campaigners from Nottingham were part of a group who held a protest outside the entrance to Twycross Zoo. Members of the Leicester Animal Rights and Nottingham Animal Rights groups stood at the entrance to the zoo in Twycross with banners and signs calling for members of the public to boycott the facility.

They held banners in which they claimed zoos were “animal prisons”, along with other signs which read “This is not conservation, this is cruelty”. There has been no suggestion that the zoo has been cruel to its animals and police were called on Saturday, April 16, after it was claimed the protesters blocked families from entering the venue.

The zoo said that it has the highest standards of animal welfare, Staffordshire Live reports. It is one of the busiest days of the year for the zoo which suffered during the Covid pandemic with bosses saying it lost £5.5 million at the time, which would have an impact on the conservation work that is carried out there, they said at the time.

A spokesman for the animal rights groups’ said: “Zoos in the UK hold tens of thousands of animals captive. Many are suffering in silence, their misery unseen despite the thousands of people who peer in at them everyday. Zoos which exploit animals can never be ethical.”

The members of the protest groups have been contacted for further details but it is understood the protest ended at around 12.30pm. Chief executive of Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire, Dr Sharon Redrobe: said: “Specific to today’s protests at Twycross Zoo, police were called today because a small group of protestors were preventing access to the zoo for visitors.

“Our mission as a conservation charity which runs a zoo is to educate and inspire people to care about, and therefore save, the other species with which we share our planet. Twycross Zoo has the highest standards of animal welfare with excellent animal management procedures. The allegations made by the protesters regarding animal welfare practices at Twycross Zoo are entirely without foundation.



Leicester Animal Rights and Nottingham Animal Rights groups stood at the entrance to the zoo in Twycross with banners and signs calling for members of the public to boycott the facility
Leicester Animal Rights and Nottingham Animal Rights groups stood at the entrance to the zoo in Twycross with banners and signs calling for members of the public to boycott the facility

“With regards to the protests in the broader sense, I have spoken about this previously. I ask people to consider thinking about zoos in the same way that we think about hospitals. You might not love them, but we need them.

“As a conservation charity that runs a zoo, we’re committed to doing all we can to protect and preserve vulnerable species, and educate our visitors about the pressing issues facing them and our planet.

“Our planet is now facing a sixth extinction crisis and the solutions to this are not black and white. We need to do all we can to protect animal species for future generations. Zoos are part of that solution.”

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