Animal protection charity OneKind has criticised Edinburgh Zoo following the news that giant panda Tian Tian is due to give birth any day now.
It is understood that the panda is pregnant through artificial insemination.
OneKind Campaigner, Sarah Moyes said:
“This poor panda cub will never be introduced to the wild and will only ever know a life in captivity. To make matters worse, to produce a cub, Tian Tian has been subjected to repeated invasive procedures since coming to Edinburgh. This has not been in the interest of pandas or conservation, and appears instead to be driven by the pursuit of PR and gate fees. If you want to help pandas, you don’t need to go and see one at a zoo. Just make a donation to conservation charities conserving pandas in their natural habit instead”