The American Human Association (AHA) has developed a humane certification program focused on the welfare of animals in zoos and aquariums. The program, Humane Conservation, adopts standards developed by an independent scientific advisory committee and verified through an external auditing system.
Dr. Robin Ganzert, CEO of the AHA, reports,
Already, four leading facilities from around the world have taken this step by voluntarily undergoing and passing the rigorous audit process: Chicago’s Brookfield Zoo and Shedd Aquarium, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre in Canada, and Mexico’s Delphinus.
Together, these humanely certified zoos, aquariums and conservation parks can be effective weapons against the Sixth Extinction, allowing millions more animals to survive for the next generation to adore, appreciate and learn more about. And I think that deserves a round of “a-paws.”