THE Vigo mayor has announced plans to turn the city zoo into an environmental education centre and release the “prisoner” animals.
“I don’t want animals in captivity in Vigo. I don’t want a zoo which has prisoner animals”, Abel Caballero declared at a press conference on Thursday.
“These animals cannot be in captivity in the 21st century”, the mayor added, even going as far as to describe the situation of many wild animals in the zoo as “absolute cruelty.”
Cabellero said the idea is for a “smooth and calm” transition from zoo to environmental centre, promising the city council would take responsibility for looking after the animals until the end of their lives given there are no other institutions to take care of them.
“We want environmental education, green education, contact with nature”, he commented.
The council will now put out to tender the contract for institutions to run an educational programme, with visits, camps and environmental volunteering among other initiatives for “a transformation of the zoological concept.”
Vigo council was the first in the country to prohibit circuses with animals.