Animal protection charity OneKind has responded to the news that the giant panda breeding programme at Edinburgh Zoo has been suspended.
Edinburgh Zoo has confirmed Tian Tian and Yang Guang will not attempt to breed this year, as the Zoo wants to improve the panda enclosure before further breeding attempts.
OneKind Policy Advisor, Libby Anderson said:
“OneKind is pleased to hear that the attempts to breed a cub in Edinburgh have been put on hold, and that the pandas will not be subjected to invasive artificial insemination procedures again this year.
“OneKind is opposed to breeding wild animals in captivity and we have always believed it was misguided to make repeated attempts to breed more captive pandas in Scotland. These individuals will never return to the wild, or improve protection for the wild population in their native habitat. We think that now is the time to leave the pandas in peace and we hope that the suspension will continue beyond the time required to improve their enclosure.”