Friday, June 3, 2016
At the Zoo
That gorilla death has me thinking about zoos. I think I am changing my mind. I loved taking my children and then my grandchildren to the zoo. A perfect way to spend a summer day. Hippos and giraffes were my favorites.
Thoughts creep in. Are any enclosures -- no matter how natural -- more than a cage? Are any live creatures here for our amusement? Does being entitled to capture or even kill them at will contribute to our disconnect from awareness that we too are on the animal continuum?
No, I'm not going to go all vegan and PETA on you. My fur coats keep me warm at the bus stop. But I also remember summer days spent at amusement parks where you could go into a dingy tent to see the "fat lady", the "lizard man", or Siamese twins.
Circus elephants are being retired and people are mad at Sea World. Am I just catching up to this?