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An undercover investigation into Spanish Zoos by Animal Equality

Zoos: the life of animals in captivity. An undercover investigation by Animal Equality

Animal Equality's investigation team has carried out a nine month undercover investigation into the most important zoos in Spain. Several activists have documented the life of enslaved animals in these zoos through photos, videos and expert reports.

Zoos, contrary to popular belief, are often little more than psychological torture and extermination centres for animals. Animals in zoos are caged for life and deprived of the opportunity to develop and fulfill the full range of their interests and needs. They lose control over their lives and the environment they live in. Social animals are often forced to live in the misery of solitary confinement. Animals who would prefer to live alone are often forced into close contact with others. Some animals are confined next to their predators, and some are held in crammed, barren environments where they are constantly bullied by cagemates. Animal Equality has observed animals living in squalid environments among their own faeces in a state of anxiety. In zoos, many animals are taken from their families and sent to other zoos, or killed when their group size exceeds the space allotted to them.

As an example of the grim life of animals in zoos, an Animal Equality undercover investigator documented the last days of "Chata", a baby lioness who fell ill at Seville Zoo and died, without receiving any veterinary care, due to her abuse at the zoo.

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