Results Of The “Programme Animals Survey 2005”
This study examined the use and perception of program activities within European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) zoos, to understand the opinions and perceptions of related authorities, including legislators and zoo-related associations, in order to reach a long term goal of defining the limits and ethics of using animals in demonstrations and commercial activities.
The most frequently used species in program activities include snakes, fur seals and sea lions, birds of prey, owls, and rodents.
The majority of EAZA members would like the establishment of professional standards, with almost three-quarters believing that EAZA is best equipped to develop such standards. Respondents believed the following should be incorporated into the standard concerning program animals:
- Animal health and welfare (94%)
- Educational messages (89%)
- Staff training (80%)
- Human health and safety (77%)
- Animal training (75%)
- Animal housing (66%)
- Program intensity (61%)
- Species specific (management) protocols/guidelines (59%)
- Presentation setting (53%)