When people visit zoos, they expect to see animals in action. But a London zoo has done something remarkable to draw attention to the threat to various species on animals. In the enclosure made for the Siamese crocodile, zoo officials have put a handbag in a stand against using the animal’s fur and skin in a fashion that is made from its skin. The touching picture has gone viral on Twitter since it was posted on August 2, garnering over 370,000 likes and over 60,000 retweets.
The picture was posted by Twitter user Tom, who is visiting the zoo, with the caption, “London Zoo is not peeing.”
london zoo not pissing around pic.twitter.com/C9cxoDCba2
— t????m (@sleepy_homo) 1 August 2022
The message pasted with a crown-coloured bag makes a serious point. “This bag was found floating in slow-moving rivers and streams in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. Over the past 75 years, more than 80% of Siamese crocodiles have disappeared. Many such people have lost their skin. About illegal wildlife trade,” it said.
according to BBCThe bag was confiscated by UK border officials at a London airport in 2018 and handed over to zoos to highlight the impact of the illegal wildlife trade around the world.
Twitter users were surprised to see the photo.
“It’s not even a cute bag… I’ve got to take revenge on the animals, because what do you mean you killed my family to make this ugly crap?” One user said. “It should be taken seriously,” said another.
Native to parts of Southeast Asia, the Siamese crocodile is critically endangered and nearly extinct in the wild. Only 500–1,000 of these crocodiles are believed to have survived worldwide due to habitat loss and hunting.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals PETA, an organization working towards the end of abuse of animals, recently said that every year more than 1 billion animals are killed for their hides or hides around the world.
Reptiles such as pythons, caimans, rat snakes, monitor lizards, tegu lizards, gharials and crocodiles are regularly hunted for their skins.
The 196-year-old zoo in London’s Regent’s Park is home to more than 3,000 animals confiscated by border police at the city’s airports.