August 5, 2008

‘Colonial’ Blast Over Panda Deal

A LEADING animal charity has accused the Government of being "stuck in the colonial era" after Edinburgh Zoo agreed to import two giant pandas from China.

The Born Free Foundation said it was "alarmed" that the move appeared to have the support of the Scottish and UK Governments. The charity said Gordon Brown would have being involved in the negotiations, which would have involved paying the Chinese government a "substantial" amount of money for the animals.

Will Travers, chief executive of the Born Free Foundation said: "The UK lags behind more enlightened countries by clinging to the past instead of thinking about and acting in the best interests of wildlife's future."

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