I am writing today as a self-isolating person concerned about the perpetual confinement and endless isolation of animals in zoos . The animals being held in zoos often endure unnatural conditions, inadequate space, lack of companionship, and training that affects their behaviour. Furthermore, it is important to recognise that all animals are inherently valuable but being exploited in cruel and unnecessary ways. Please try to consider how you would feel in a similar situation. As humans, our isolation and quarantine will end, but for animals in zoos, it is unending. They are subjected to relentless intrusion, scrutiny and interference; they are denied their natural habitat and the freedom to form normal relationships; they are denied fundamental activities that would enhance their well-being. I hope people will make a compassionate decision to stop supporting the imprisonment of these sentient beings and reject complicity in the unethical zoo industry that profits from their suffering. Stacey Larson, Denver, Colorado If you love animals, stop visiting the zoo “I feel like a caged animal.” This is how people are describing how they feel while sheltering in place. So now is a good time to recognise what it is actually like for a caged animal in a zoo. Animals would naturally shun contact with humans, staying hidden away in their natural habitat. But in a zoo they cannot escape. They have nowhere to go, no space to roam. Birds pluck out their own feathers. Elephants sway back and forth. Tigers pace incessantly. Polar bears swim in circles. Zoochosis is the name for this sad, maniacal, miserable behaviour. At least sheltering in place will end and we will be free to open our doors and roam again. Animals in zoos will never be free. Please do not visit zoos or animal parks. They are terrible places for animals. Visit an accredited animal sanctuary instead. Eleanor Thomas, California Help us understand what you are interested in so that we can improve SCMP and provide a better experience for you. We would like to invite you to take this five-minute survey on how you engage with SCMP and the news.