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Captive wildlife

Captive wildlife

Dear Editor,

I have been travelling around Cambodia for the last three weeks and I have enjoyed the experience immensely. However, I wish to bring a distressing situation to the attention of your readers.
When travelling around the Ream National Park, our moto driver took us to see a captive bear. Cooped up in a tiny cage, far too small to move about, this magnificent creature had the saddest eyes I have ever seen. I feel it is totally inappropriate for wild animals to be kept in such conditions, particularly in such close proximity to a national park. Are any measures being taken to educate the community about appropriate wildlife management and conservation?
Annie Rushton

- Tasmania, Australia