Animals in captivity

When The Scotsman promotes Edinburgh Zoo as the "best family day out" in Scotland (Recommends, 18 April) , I wonder if you stopped to consider the interests of the animals that spend their lives in captivity there. Even the most modern enclosures cannot meet the often complex social and behavioural needs of wild animals.

Thankfully, members of the public are increasingly questioning the role of zoos in the 21st century.

ROSS MINETT, Director, Advocates for Animals, Queensferry Street, Edinburgh