A pair of articles have popped up online in recent days relating to the fact that Chris McGimpsey of the Ulster Unionist Party has called for Belfast Zoo to be closed, on both financial and ethical grounds. The latter point, which relates to the fact that McGimpsey believes all zoological collections should be closed and that Belfast Zoo perpetuates cruelty inherent to all zoos, can be safely dismissed as personal opinion. However, the former point is worthy of further discussion by ourselves - if Belfast Zoo is indeed running at a financial loss, how could this matter be reversed? The articles in question can be found here: Call for Belfast Zoo to close down - what do you think? - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk Councillor vows to have Belfast Zoo handed over to Assembly control - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk From my point of view, I suspect that part of the problem is that Belfast is shackled to the desires and directives of the local council - I would be very much surprised if there isn't a great deal of unneccesary expenditure deriving from having to jump through hoops to please the council and get a thumbs-up on every action before they can be put into play.