Monday, October 06, 2008

No monkey, no cigarettes

Bad news for monkeys who loved a puff or two. Zoos are public places and hence smokers will be fined.
People for Ethical Treatment of Animals wants the Central Zoo Authority to strictly implement the new anti-smoking law inside all zoos in India. Central Zoo Authority, which incidently is managed by human beings, has complied by asking all the zoos to comply. What's harmful for the goose is equally harmful for the gander. Passive smoking, according to PETA, affects the animals' health as badly as it does so to humans.

"Zoo is a public place. The ban will only provide a safer, healthier and more comfortable environment for visitors, employees and animals, of course," zoo authority member secretary BR Sharma was quoted by PTI as saying. There are around 180 recognised zoos all across the country. The animals in unrecognised zoos and domestic ones like your dog can still negatively benefit from passive smoking.

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