Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Our Zoo: Animal Cruelty?

Was the BBC's "Our Zoo" Guilty of Animal Cruelty?

So the BBC produces a series based on the life of George Mottershead and his family’s creation of Chester Zoo, and surprise, surprise out of the woodwork come the usual self-promoting members of the animal-right lobby.

Chester Zoo is one of the biggest zoos in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1931 by George Mottershead and his family it later became the North of England Zoological Society in 1934.  I have known friends and colleagues who actually worked at the zoo during Mottershead's reign.  I further remember visiting the zoo on a number of occasions when I live in the North of England and also reading June Johns book "Zoo without Bars".

In 2014, the BBC's announced a six part drama/documentary series based on the life and work of Mottershead called 'Our Zoo'.   The first episode broadcast in the UK in September 2014.   Of course, to make a drama of the development of any zoo requires not only human but also animal actors; in this case the production company engaged the specialist animal training company Amazing Animals.