Humanists Campaign to Stop the Noah's Ark Zoo Farm Because it Says that God Created the World

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: October 7, 2010

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Anti-Religion or humanism groups / Political / Private



BHA (British Humanist Association) has called on the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, North Somerset Council, Visit Britain and South West England to shut down the zoo. The secular group claims that the zoo is misleading tens of thousands of visitors annually and ‘threatening public understanding’ by questioning the traditional view of evolution.


The British Humanist Association (BHA) has urged tourist boards and other agencies to stop promoting the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in North Somerset, because it advocates the idea that God created the world.

BHA has called on the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, North Somerset Council, Visit Britain and South West England to shut down the zoo. The secular group claims that the zoo is misleading tens of thousands of visitors annually and ‘threatening public understanding’ by questioning the traditional view of evolution.
Andrew Copson, BHA Director of Education and Public Affairs, said:
‘We believe Noah’s Ark Farm Zoo misleads the public by not being open about its Creationist agenda in its promotional activities and by advancing misunderstandings of the natural world.’

The zoo attracts around 120,000 visitors a year. Anthony and Christina Bush, the owners of the zoo, stated in their recent interview that they believe in creationism but do not adhere to a strict creationist-only view. They said:
‘We are slightly different from popular Creationism and hold a view that the natural world around us is the product of both God and evolution.

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