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Caged Realities: Zoos in Bangladesh and their mistreatment of animals

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We treat the animals in our zoos the same way we treat the students in our schools. Both institutions were established for the purpose of education. But none of them actually accomplished that goal but rather make the lives of their inhabitants miserable.

We lock our students and zoo animals up in a cage without their consent. We make them participate in socially acceptable tasks because it will appease society. In the process, we forget how their cruel treatment altogether.

The space problem

The Dhaka national zoo resides over 186 acres of land. Which is not a small space.  But no space will ever be big enough if you exceed the carrying capacity of that place. We find 26 alligators caged in a reservoir that was meant for 8. You’ll notice the same tragedy if you look inside the deer cage. Or the cage in which the elephants are. It’s the same everywhere.

Caged Realities: Zoos in Bangladesh and their mistreatment of animals

Thanks to the lack of proper funding and attention, most of the zoos in our country, including the biggest zoo that is situated in Mirpur, Dhaka, has not seen a renovation in years.

Even though the designs of the zoos were made decades ago and remains unchanged, the number of animals in the zoos keep increasing.

This unplanned increase in the inhabitants of the zoos has resulted in going over the maximum capacity of the zoos and has made the living conditions of the animals unbearable.  

Read more: Bengal Tigers may not survive the upcoming climate change

Unhygienic conditions

Due to lack of adequate space for the animals to sustain, the overall conditions inside the zoos of our country has become very unhygienic. There aren’t enough people employed to look after the animals and the ones that are employed don’t have adequate training to take care of them.

Caged Realities: Zoos in Bangladesh and their mistreatment of animals

That’s not all. There is also no littering policy in place that is strictly maintained. So, when visitors come, they end up throwing things here and there and even end up throwing things at the animals.

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Safety of animals

Most animals within the zoos are not taken care of properly. But, sadly, not being taken care of isn’t the worst thing that happens to them.

Caged Realities: Zoos in Bangladesh and their mistreatment of animals

The animals face cruel treatment from the zookeepers. Due to having inexperienced people in charge of taking care of the animals, most of the times they don’t understand the gestures made by animals or are able to identify the reason for their discomfort. Result? they end up ignoring the helpless cries of the animals and display cruelty out of ignorance.

Lack of awareness from the people

Despite all these, neither the zoos nor the government is the biggest culprit for this failure. This is because, despite the way in which the authorities treat the animals, zoos in our country get thousands of visitors every day.

Caged Realities: Zoos in Bangladesh and their mistreatment of animals

According to an article by The Daily Star, the Mirpur Zoo still gets over 30lakh visitors a year. This is a clear indication of our ignorance as humans and our failure as a nation to stand up against the mistreatment of animals who spend all their lives in captivity.

Its time that we as a nation start acting as we care instead of just sharing a cute dog photo of “bideshi” dogs and start showing through our actions that we care about our animals in captivity, like Raj, The  Royal Bengal Tiger and proud father of a white tiger cub. That is probably the only way to make our Government care about these animals too.

References

  1. https://www.thedailystar.net/star-weekend/spotlight/the-zoo-not-119140
  2. https://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2017/05/26/dhaka-national-zoo-cages-too-many-animals-in-too-little-space

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Bengal Tigers may not survive the upcoming climate change

A scientific study warns of the risk of losing the Bengal Tigers because of climate change. The cats are around 500,000 land species whose survival is in question. According to a recent report by the UN, the survival of this species is in question. This brings upon various other issues regarding climate change and its effects on life around the world.

Our mangrove forest is deteriorating

The Sundarbans is a 10,000 square kilometers of marshy land, filled with various flora and fauna. It stretches from Bangladesh to India, making it one of the biggest mangrove forest in the world. This forest is well known for its rich eco-system and hundreds of animal species. However, scientists are not sure if the Sundarbans can sustain one of its most important animals, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Researchers reported in the journal ‘Science of the Total Environment’ that changes operated by a warming planet will be “enough to decimate” a few hundreds or more of the tigers. According to their research, by 2070 there will be no suitable habitats for the tigers to survive.

Recent research shows frightening results for the tigers

Bengal Tigers may not survive the upcoming climate change

Climate change has already endangered many species. Plenty are struggling to survive under the constant changes in the temperature and our environment. Sharif A.Mukul, the lead author of the report on the Sundarbans, researched for risks beyond the rising sea. Sea levels rising alone could amount to these cats lose half of their habitat. Mukul, an assistant professor of environmental management at Independent University, Bangladesh, believes that cyclones and other natural disasters can, destroy their habitat. They can also cause the outbreak of diseases and shortages of food.

Prerna Singh Bindra, author of The Vanishing: India’s Wildlife said that the number of tigers is going to shrink with time. The reason behind this is because the migrating of the tigers is not a ‘viable option’. Since there are no undisturbed places for these animals in a crowded planet.

Questionable actions from the authorities

Fiddling with the laws, the development of industries and factories around the forest brings in several questions. Department of Environment has permitted at least 190  industrial plants in the ecologically critical area (ECA) around the Sundarbans, claiming that those factories have taken enough precautions on pollution. These factories include gas cylinder manufacturers, oil refineries, fish farms, hatcheries, saline water refineries and many more.

The problematic regulation of the increase of industries around the habitat of thousands of animal species, the extreme increase of heat and the fear of natural disasters have left researchers to wonder if proper precautions will help them protect the tigers after all.