Dr Jo Judge from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums says the welfare of animals, underpinned by science and evidence, is at the heart of good zoos
Your article (Conflict between activists and zoos shows no sign of going away, 17 October) does a disservice to the work of zoos and aquariums. The science shows that conservation and education are effective at good zoos and aquariums.
UK zoos lead the world on animal welfare. The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (Biaza) and UK licensing standards give the highest level of protections to zoo animals in the world. Welfare is at the heart of good zoos and it is underpinned by science and evidence. Everything from nutrition to exercise is examined to ensure the animals in human care are able to demonstrate their natural behaviours.