A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. Animal rights activists demanded the closure of the Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors. Photo: AFP

Animal cruelty still plagues Indonesia’s zoos despite outrage voiced on social media, and government’s pledges to do better

  • Activists say animals are underfed, kept in poor conditions and exploited for entertainment by performing circus acts for money
  • Government attempts at regulation and supervision have also fallen short so far
Topic |   Animals
A sun bear is offered chocolate by a visitor in its enclosure at a zoo in Bandung, Indonesia. Animal rights activists demanded the closure of the Indonesian zoo after skeletal sun bears were pictured begging for food from visitors. Photo: AFP
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