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Cruelty Uncovered: Indonesia’s Bandung Zoo

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Bandung Zoo, in Indonesia, opened in the 1930s, and it appears to have changed little since then. The zoo cages almost 2,000 animals, all of them in tiny, barren enclosures. It appears as though every one of the thousands of residents at Bandung Zoo is suffering from serious health issues and displaying signs of zoochosis.

Disease and malnutrition have visibly affected many of the animals, including the deer, many of whom have lost almost all their hair. They spend their days huddled together in fear and sadness.

Bandung Zoo deer

Two Bengal tigers live in a tiny prison. The moat surrounding them is filthy and full of empty water bottles and rubbish thrown by visitors. In another corner of the zoo, a lonely bear lies behind glass on a concrete bed, visibly sick and mad from his years of captivity.

Bandung Zoo tiger

A true sight of horror and sadness is Bandung Zoo’s elephant display. All four elephants have their feet chained together. They spend their days bobbing back and forth because they are unable to take even one step in any direction. The Bandung Zoo has no proper elephant enclosure, so these elephants are kept chained and exposed to the heat and weather every single day.

Bandung Zoo elephant

If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, be sure not to support cruelty. Never patronize any zoo, as the money that goes toward ticket purchases is spent to buy, trade, imprison, and often torture animals. Animals are not ours to use for entertainment, and they are not ours to exploit. Pledge to boycott Bandung Zoo and all zoos today!

Posted by Edwina Baier


  1. Veronique Bouts...
    June 5th, 2013, 4:38 pm

    Take care of THE poor skinny animals in THE indonesia zoo, take care of THE poor animals!

  2. Marco A Simioni...
    June 6th, 2013, 12:14 am

    Free for animals in the zoo!

  3. Diya...
    June 19th, 2013, 11:47 am

    Please check on Surabaya-Indonesia’s Zoo…the animal is dying…emaciated…please at least sign the petition below, it’s very urgent!! http://www.change.org/petitions/menhut-segera-bertindak-selamatkan-satwa-kebun-binatang-surabaya?utm_campaign=share_button_mobile&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition

  4. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    June 21st, 2013, 10:34 am

    Thank you very much for your message. We are aware of the unfortunate conditions the animals are subjected to at Surabaya Zoo, and have asked our members and supporters to write to their Indonesian embassies and consulates regarding this.

  5. Alda...
    August 25th, 2013, 3:18 pm

    I have visited Bandung Zoo and was heart broken seeing how the animals are treated. Especially the brown bear, which was placed in a solitary compound and unproperly fed. Visitors threw peanuts at him!! The bear suppose to eat salmon, meat at least. Is there anything that we can do to increase the welfare of the animals and to educate zoo visitors to treat them with respect?

  6. PETA Asia-Pacific...
    August 30th, 2013, 8:03 am

    Thank you so much for your concern. We are aware of the horrible conditions at Bandung Zoo and have asked our members and supporters to write to their Indonesian embassies and consulates regarding this. You can help us to improve Indonesia’s animal protection laws by writing to your local embassy. A list of embassies and consulates can be found here: http://www.embassyworld.com/embassy/Indonesia/Indonesia1.html. You can also Pledge to boycott all zoos then spread the word to your friends and family:http://action.petaasiapacific.com/ea-campaign/clientcampaign.do?ea.client.id=110&ea.campaign.id=4440. Thanks for your support!

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