Guidelines on Animal Interactions

This document outlines the position of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) on the use of animals in zoos and aquariums for interactions with visitors to these institutions. These guidelines are based on the 2003 WAZA Code of Ethics and Animal Welfare, the 2015 World Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Strategy and the 2015 WAZA resolution on animal interactions. This resolution recommends that WAZA members adopt a policy on visitor–animal interactions in zoos and aquariums and follow the recommendations as published in the World Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Strategy; such a policy and recommendations are provided in this document.


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