Chooseyourownfoodchain’s thoughtful post on Zoo’s really got me thinking, why do we even have Zoo’s?
Zoos are intended to provide entertainment and sometimes, education, to the general public (who are paying for this, either in the form of a ticket or, I assume, through taxes).
When it comes to conservation, a nature preserve seems far wiser and infinitely more humane.
This historical observation really struck me hard:
Here’s a thought: DID YOU KNOW THAT HUMAN BEINGS USED TO BE DISPLAYED IN SOME ZOOS**!??? That’s right. In both America and western Europe, people who were considered “different,” namely those of non-European descent, were kept in small areas for the paying public to watch.
Why the hell do we perpetuate that kind of legacy on animals? So bored parents have someplace to take their kids on a Saturday? For educational purposes? Let’s put an end to zoos. We can encourage parents to be active with their kids on Saturdays, and watch nature specials that are far more informative than staring at caged animals.
We can do better, for ourselves and for animals.