The Sunday Leader

Business Bigwigs In Bid To Shut Zoo

by Ifham Nizam

A group of highly influential businessmen are attempting to have the Dehiwala  Zoo shut down in order to acquire the prime property. The Movement for the Protection of the National Zoo (MPNZ) claimed that the businessmen have launched a petition campaign claiming animal cruelty at the zoo using doctored or false images.

“This has nothing to do with the Dehiwela zoo,” MPNZ, Spokesman Shantha Jayaweera told The Sunday Leader.

He also said that a newly formed foundation which claims it is fighting for animal rights in Sri Lanka is spreading false allegations stating that animals in the Dehiwala Zoo are subject to cruelty. “They had obtained some 15,000 signatures from the public urging the government to close down the zoo,” he said.

Jayaweera said the Dehiwala Zoo generated revenue of between Rs. 200 and Rs. 250 million annually. “It is unfortunate that few individuals are attempting to close down this facility by spreading false information,” he said.

Several researchers and environmentalist are among those fighting to keep the zoo in Dehiwala.

 

16 Comments for “Business Bigwigs In Bid To Shut Zoo”

  1. Sangaralingham

    Zoo is vital to the country and must be taken care kindly sympathetically to all animals Whois looked after kind and qualified personnal. Cruelty to animal is sin immoral. Present location is suitable but cleanliness order proper nutrition for our no communicative creatures is vital. Closing down the zoo is not an option but hiring competent staff is vital

  2. carlos

    Since Major Aubrey Weinman left that Zoo has been a mess and a den of everything else under the sun. The best thing that can happen is to relocate it and use the land for cheap housing for the poor

    • That is not a viable solution. This zoo has been there for a very long time and if the conditions are bad then it is up to the Government to make sure they employ specialists and bring it up to standard. Why should it be shut down to benefit a small minority of people when the whole of Sri Lanka and visitors would benefit from visiting the zoo. This is an educational establishment.

  3. Lima

    ZOO WE NEED , BUT DO NOT GIVE THE LAND TO THE ROBBERS , YESTERYEAR JARAPAKSA RASCAL FAMILY ROBBED SRI LANKA OUTRIGHT , NOW THEY HAVE THE MONEY THROUGH THEIR SOURCE TO BUY ANYTHING FROM SRI LANKA FROM THESE ROBBED MONEY. DO NOT SELL THIS ZOO TO THIS JARAPAKSA MURDER FAMILY

  4. Animal

    As an animal lover, I have to agree that the Dehiwala zoo has to shut down. It was supposed to have been relocated to Pinnawela a long time ago but nothing has happened. The zoo is a disgrace. Elephants are chained up all day and then expected to perform like monkeys for human enjoyment. These majestic animals deserve better. Most of the animals are taunted and teased by the ignorant masses. However I do not think that this land should be acquired by businessmen who seem to think making money will make them live forever. It should be turned into a green park for use by the public. All we see in Colombo is a concrete jungle. We don’t need any more

  5. AshyD

    Dehiwala today, is not suitable for a zoo, though it has been here for many years.
    Times have changed and things have to change. This large property could be put to better use if the zoo is shifted out of Colombo.

  6. gabriella

    The Zoo is a National Disgrace. However, it doesn’t need to be shut down.

    With competent management; comprehensive reformation, and contemporary ‘best-practice’ methods the zoo can be restored to its former glory.

    Based on current operation; Animal cruelty charges should be framed against the current manager. The level of neglect and disinterest is alarming to say the least.

  7. garawi

    I think the Animal Zoos should be shut down completely. It is cruel to lock them up and make them prisoners. Just imagine if you would like to be in their situation?

  8. NADHEEM RIYAZ

    I strongly believe that the outdated Dehiwela zoo should be moved to a better location out side the already congested city of colombo. I have visited the zoo umpteen times and would like to see a more modern 21st century zoo which should include a cinema that shows animal movies and documentries and 3d slides of animals and a much more advanced childrens park so that people will have a memorable experience. I prefer it to be moved to the Ruhuna or Hambantota. What about a sea life aquarium in Trincomalle or Batticoloa as well.

  9. ranjith chandrasekera

    What kind of research on animals could be done when they are in captivity and away from natural habitat. Animals are stressed to the point that they are physically and mentally traumatised living in appalling conditions, in Dehiwela zoo.

    Ranjith Chandrasekera

  10. das

    Animals should not be exploited for our entertainment. Shut down all zoos. Ban using elephants in peraheras.

  11. The concept of keeping animals in a zoo is ancient and outdated,no civilised society should encourage this.

  12. aru

    It is rather unfortunate that this person from the MPNZ is somebody who helped Donald Schultz to take blood and saliva samples from elephants and reptiles of this country. They also earn their living from animal misery. What price hypocrisy??? Then there is also an aging academic friend of the Minister, who is supposed to be a consultant paid by the Ministry messing up activities there, in style. The so-called acting head of the department is no better. All these elements who have money-making, as priority on their agendas, should be weeded out. Constructions take precedence over animal welfare. If these problems are rectified, I am pretty sure, the zoo need not be closed down.

  13. aru

    It is rather unfortunate that this person from the MPNZ is somebody who helped Donald Schultz to take blood and saliva samples from elephants and reptiles out of this country. They also earn their living from animal misery. What price hypocrisy??? Then there is also an aging academic friend of the Minister, who is supposed to be a consultant paid by the Ministry messing up activities there, in style. The so-called acting head of the department is no better. All these elements who have money-making, as priority on their agendas, should be weeded out. Constructions take precedence over animal welfare. If these problems are rectified, I am pretty sure, the zoo need not be closed down.

  14. Crisantha

    Being the capital city of Lanka, there are actually very few tourist attractions compared to so many in other capital cities. THe Dehiwala Zoo is one of the few tourist attactions and hence should be preserved at any cost, at a time when we try to promote tourism. In general it gives much more value and diversity than many other zoos in the world. Also, this is one of the few outings people in western province can have. For such multiple reasons, it should be preserved at any cost!

  15. Rasheed

    It is much better if the Zoo authorities can provide a parking space inside. Parking problem has caused much inconvenience and unclean problem for the residents.

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