Exposed: The Inaccurate and Inappropriate Campaign by Zoos Victoria
Zoos Victoria is constituted by the State of Victoria under the Zoological Parks and Gardens Act 1995 and is responsible to Environment Minister, Gavin Jennings. Last year, Zoos Victoria received $14.6 million of taxpayer funds.
One of the functions of Zoos Victoria is "to carry out and promote zoological research, the conservation of wildlife and its natural habitats and the maintenance of biodiversity". It is on these grounds that Zoos Victoria has transformed into a "Zoo-based Conservation Organisation", engaging in public advocacy campaigns - including the Don't Palm Us Off campaign.
However, Zoos Victoria is in danger of overstepping the mark. The Don't Palm Us Off campaign is a political campaign aimed at pressuring politicians to regulate for the mandatory labelling of palm oil in products sold in Australia.