Home / news / Zoos starve birds of prey to make them perform circus-style tricks, UK investigation finds – It’s claimed the tactic – together with forcing them to perform in displays – makes such zoos “a circus by any other name”.

Zoos starve birds of prey to make them perform circus-style tricks, UK investigation finds – It’s claimed the tactic – together with forcing them to perform in displays – makes such zoos “a circus by any other name”.

Zoos starve birds of prey to make them carry out circus-style methods, UK investigation finds – It’s claimed the tactic – along with forcing them to carry out in shows – makes such zoos “a circus by another identify”.

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  2. uhhggg….that’s really a gross characterization. Birds of Prey should be fasted in captivity at least once a week to simulate their natural eating cycles in the wild.

    Trainers of hawks and eagles also start with a lot of food and slowly cut back to find the amount of food a bird will eat well, but also be willing to train.

    In addition, any animal expert will understand the importance of enrichment for animals in captivity, (i.e. toys, activities, mental stimulation, sensory stimuli)…

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    And yes, we need better nature reserves and address climate change, etc. (just pretend I said all the things you know I mean).

  3. In the wild, predators do not eat every day. In captivity they need to be fasted 1 or 2 days a week to maintain a healthy weight. Zoos also fast their big cats once a week IIRC, same reason.

  4. As a falconer, I find this article is super misleading.

    We don’t ‘starve’ our birds.

    We typically find an ideal hunting weight, which would be similar to what they would be like in the wild. In addition, once you have trained your bird the basics, you can keep bumping that weight up and have your bird flying and hunting at a weight they never would in the wild.

    In order to keep their metabolism in good shape, it’s normal to fast a bird for a day or two, and often this happens after the birds had a full crop meal.

  5. What if we replaced them with nature reserves, protected areas etc. Could do Safari style trips at most without these forced performances which could probably be replaced with VR and CGI at this point so that education is still fun and encouraged?

    Edit: Not claiming to be an expert, just wondering what would be better.

  6. Man why aren’t these zoos fattening them up to turkey size so they’re too fat to fly, I’m outraged/s/

  7. In 2025 we wont have Zoos becouse watching animals is against them privacy.

  8. The last time I saw a display the bird just fucked off into the fields behind and came back with a rabbit. It was far more entertaining than the actual display would have been to watch the handler apologise to the audience as the bird eviscerated a rabbit behind him and then disappeared up a tree with the body when they tried to take it away from him.

  9. My place of work is really a circus?

  10. Falconeering or whatever seems bad for the birb

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