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Pata Zoo, located at the top of the Pata Pinklao Department Store in Bangkok, Thailand, is one of the saddest places in the world. PETA’s investigation into the facility showed that the animals imprisoned there are locked inside dark, barren cages. They are offered little to no enrichment and are clearly miserable, left with nothing but trash to play with.
These animals—such as Kat, an orangutan deprived of mental stimulation and physical exercise, and Bua Noi, a gorilla who’s been alone and behind bars since 1983—have been relegated to concrete enclosures. Many show clear signs of zoochosis, a captivity-induced mental illness that drives animals to rock, sway, pace, or even harm themselves.
PETA has repeatedly offered to help transfer all the animals at Pata Zoo to a sanctuary where they would have trees to climb, grass to roll in, and many other animals to socialize with. Several years ago, PETA activists held a colorful protest outside the department store, resulting in a meeting with the zoo’s owner to discuss the conditions there and the possibility of retiring the animals to a sanctuary. Although he made assurances of open communication and further discussion, he hasn’t yet found the compassion in his heart to allow the animals to live in dignity at reputable sanctuaries. In a recent statement, he rejected reports of plans to relocate Bua Noi.
This zoo has attracted international attention for many years, and many businesses have abandoned their rental leases at Pata Pinklao Department Store, citing animal welfare concerns. PETA has written to AIS Telewiz and Owl Cha, still tenants at the department store, asking them to reconsider their lease, the proceeds of which help fund the imprisonment of animals.
We Need Your Help
Please send a polite e-mail to Pata Zoo’s owner, Kanit Sermsirimongkol ([email protected]), asking him to accept PETA’s offer to retire the animals to a sanctuary.
Then use the form below to urge AIS Telewiz and Owl Cha to reconsider their support of Pata Zoo. Feel free to use the sample letter below, but keep in mind that your request will carry more weight if you write your own message and subject line.