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originally posted by: ketsuko
I have another comment about zoos and even places like SeaWorld.
There are a lot of people for whom the animal is NOT real and has no value until they can actually see and experience it directly.
I taught a lot of kids like that. You could show them nature docs all day, and those animals weren't real. Take them to the zoo and let them stand across from an elephant or a giraffe or a lion ... and suddenly those concepts on screen had meaning and tangibility, reality.
And this goes aside from the fact that the knowledge the keepers and scientists earn working with animals at places like zoos and even SeaWorld can be put to good use when disasters befall wild animals. Animals can be rehabilitated and saved who might not otherwise survive because there are people who have direct knowledge of how to handle them and save them.
At least it's not the days when study meant killing specimens for stuffing.
Everytime i see lions i think of christian the lion.
watching this may make you cry.
originally posted by: seagull
In an ideal world? That lion would have been living out his life, however long it was, free and clear. As it should be.
But the world is not ideal. Not hardly.
There's a thread on ATS right now about the White Rhino. How many of them are left in the wild? Snow leopards?
Florida panther? Tasmanian tiger? Oh, right, either few, or none.
Zoos, as abhorrent as many of you find them, serve a purpose. They help to maintain a breeding population so that future generations of them can, maybe, be returned to that wild existence we'd so like for them to have. Minus the poachers. Minus the environmental changes that are so detrimental to so many species in the world.
They serve a purpose. They should, however, provide a healthy, clean environment, and be subject to stringent standards.
Now animal in circuses? That's a whole other thing entirely.
originally posted by: rickymouse
Our outside cat came to live inside. She skipped twice and got all muddy and cold. The third time she ran out, she was begging at the door to come in quickly. She likes it in the house now, and she stays far away from the door when it is opened. She is sixteen or seventeen years old and knows what life is like outside with mosquitoes and flies always looking for lunch.
After a while this lion will be thinking, what the hell did I want to get out for, I want to go back and eat meat without having hair stuck in my teeth.
originally posted by: Dimithae
a reply to: whyamIhere
God blessed them; and God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth."
Done a bang up job haven't we? We didn't just satisfy our blood lust with ruling. We had to take everything and destroy it as well. We will never learn until its all over.