In the state of Utah, there are threats that are being made to our animals. Whether that be by pet owners, zoo keepers, or by the pubic alone, we need to ask ourselves what is best for our animals and how we can make that a reality.
Knowing that there are a lot of nature preserves and natural wildlife protection laws in Utah, a lot of people keep their focus on caring for those animals and protecting their habitat. However, most tend to over look the animals that are actually living among us and how they're functioning while being in a completely new environment.
The Wild Kingdom Train at Lagoon.
Examples of animal abuse include....
Numerous Sick Horses Found in St. George/ Owner Charged with Animal Cruelty
Pair of Animal Killings in West Jordan and Clearfield. A cat named Sage and a dog named Shaggy were found dead.
The Story of Sage the Cat
Footage of animals at Lagoon and how they're being treated. Notice how they have no actual grass to stand on, their enclosures are filthy and small, and they have no ways to walk around or play.
In order to prevent instances like these from happening, we need to fight back against abusers by calling them out on their actions, creating welcoming environments for our animals, getting them the care and treatment that they deserve, andmaking sure that they are provided the opportunity to engage in their natural behaviors in means of enrichment.
SO WHAT CAN WE DO?
WHAT WE NEED IS ENRICHMENT!
For example, a bearded dragon would most likely prefer a desert looking enclosure. provide rocks, warm temperatures, and places for them to sunbathe.
1. Provide items to create the ideal habitat for your animal
At Utah's Hogle zoo, they provide toys for every animal to play with. Each toy corresponds to their behaviors and environment. For example, giraffes like food enrichment toys that are placed high up because in the wild, they would reach up into the trees for food.
2. Help them engage with their natural behaviors by providing toys
If animals don't get the regular checkups they need while living in captivity, they could be at risk for serious medical issues.
3. Make sure their mental, physical, and emotional health is in check
If you spot any signs of animal abuse in the future, please contact this helpline
(801) 261-2919 EXTENSION 210 for The Humane Society of Utah Cruelty Investigation Department
Zoos, Shelters, and other facilities can only work if people know how they can care for their own animals. There needs to be more education, training for future animal trainers, scientists and researchers involved, quality spaces for captive animals, quality food and health, and plenty of love.