Originally Posted by Texaspice
So for me at least, even if it here was a perfect zoo that treated their animals with respect and helped to educate the public it would still be 'wrong' since at the core I don't believe we should be exhibiting wild animals for any reason.
But that being said - I think the Detroit zoo did a very commendable thing when they turned their last two elephants over to a santuary. It also says this on a PETA website devoted to saving elephants:
The Detroit Zoo has been a pioneer in animal welfare. It is one of the few zoos that takes in rescued animals and publicly denounces the mistreatment of animals in circuses.
So as zoos go I would venture to say it is one of the better ones...
ahh, I don't think this got posted.
Thanks for the link... though, I can't say that I wouldn't want good, humane zoos to exist. Even though it's not natural for wild animals to be displayed, in my heart, I love seeing them. The chaperones on elementary school field trips to the zoo hated getting me in their group, because I would want to spend so much time at each exhibit. I think I spent half a trip with the chimpanzees and gorillas, just kind of staring and talking to them. Err, I doubt they understood me, but I was 7 years old. (Ignoring that when I went to the zoo 2 years ago, I still did this.)
I'm glad the elephants were sent away, too. Well, not glad that they're gone, but glad that they were sent somewhere that can care for them better than the Zoo. I miss them, but that's more sentimental on my part.
I did a bit of research with one of my teachers today. From the little we could find, the zoo seems to be pretty good.
I just remembered something... I think the Michigan government pulled it's funding to the Zoo. I wonder if this will have any effect on the animal exhibits. I hope not.