Rep. Mark Villar asks Congress to hold an inquiry on conditions in Philippine zoos

Reports of the poor living conditions of an elephant at the Manila Zoo has prompted Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar to file a resolution to hold hearings on the living conditions in Philippine zoos and review standards on zookeeping.

Reports of the poor living conditions of an elephant at the Manila Zoo has prompted Las Piñas Representative Mark Villar to file a resolution to hold hearings on the living conditions in Philippine zoos and review standards on zookeeping.

 

Citing a medical examination of Mali, the elephant, by veterinary expert Dr. Henry Richardson, Villar said conditions at the Manila Zoo expose her to "potentially fatal foot problems and profound loneliness and suffers from chronic pressure sores open to contamination as well as foot ailments, including cracked nails, overgrown cuticles, and cracked pads."

 

"There is a need to assess the best interest of Mali and all other animals similarly situated in our zoos and other sanctuaries in order to promote the proper adaptation of wildlife animals' environment for the best care and management of animals," Villar said in a press statement from the House of Representatives.

 

Villar’s resolution directs the House Committee on Natural Resources and Ecology to hold an inquiry into the matter. "Zoos must promote the welfare of animals by beginning to put them under the care and custody of a sanctuary which reflect their natural habitats to be more ecologically amenable to animals and to other wildlife beings," Villar said.

 


Tell us your #feels!

Win
Yum
LOL
WTF
0
Total votes
View more stories tagged ""

Read more stories about

Comments

Latest Stories

Load More Stories

SUBSCRIBE TO NEWSLETTER

Get the latest updates right in your inbox!