International Journal for the Study of Animal Problems


John E. Cooper


The paper examines zoological collections from the viewpoint of the animal and, in particular, draws attention to areas where welfare considerations should be paramount. The article does not cover the capture and transportation of zoo animals. However, this is obviously of great importance and must be included in overall considerations of the welfare of zoo animals. The author views zoos as providing value in terms of both scientific and educational goals. The welfare of animals in zoos may be compromised by willful cruelty, neglect, or suboptimal management, but it is not always easy to distinguish between them. The author also urges better communication between zoos and other animal-centric organizations.