Sea lions and penguins at Edinburgh zoo are changing diet to help save threatened fish stocks…Do they know this?
They are in the vanguard of a push by the Marine Stewardship Council encouraging zoos to follow retailers and restaurants in using only sources it has certified as sustainable.Providing there's no animal welfare issues - and I'd hope the zoo staff wouldn't do anything stupid like join up to this scheme if that was the case, but you never know - you might ask, 'Why not?'...
Uncertified herring are no longer disappearing down the throats of Sofus and Miranda, the zoo's sea lions. They have been replaced by MSC-approved stocks from Scottish waters. The zoo's 200 penguins will be soon guzzling certified South African hake instead of blue whiting from the Pacific if trials prove them a suitable substitute.And when that starts to run out? Tofu?
Darren McGarry, animal collection manager for the zoo, said: "We're really pleased that the Patagonian sea lions have taken to their new feed. Zoo animals can be very picky about what they eat but they've taken to the MSC-certified feeds straight away."They don't care. They're animals. They'll eat whatever tastes good or soothes their hunger.
Only people worry about this sort of thing.