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  'Shocking cruelty' found in Indonesian zoos
Updated 26 March 2002, 15.07
Caged lion (WPSA)
Many zoos in Indonesia are neglecting and being cruel to animals, a worldwide animal charity has discovered.

Fact File
What they report says
99% of the enclosures were too small for their needs
82% didn't give animals enough space in cages
68% didn't keep enclosures clean
About 50% of the animals drank from dirty ditches

Now the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) has written a disturbing report after visiting 10 zoos, which are big tourist attractions in the country.

Chained and dirty

Half the animals were starving and didn't have enough water. And many were forced to entertain visitors too.

A macaque chained to a crate

Several animals had died from eating sweets and ice-cream thrown by the public. Some had even been given cigarettes.

One orang-utan and baby were living in a filthy cage no bigger than a telephone box.

Animals were chained to their cages and couldn't move properly.

Maggots

Indonesia

In one zoo in Bali, seven lions were found with sores full of maggots, in cramped cages with no shelter from rain.

At another zoo, three elephants had their legs chained so they couldn't move.

Now WPSA, working with an Indonesian animal charity, want zoos to be licensed and controlled more strictly to stop the cruelty.

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