The Zoo Makes An Argument For Prison State

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Do you feel sorry for imprisoned humans?

Wild humans live with constant threats—disease, injury, starvation. Imprisoned humans live in safety, with preventive health care and regular meals. Which would you prefer?

I will never forget the saddened faces on the poor beasts I saw this weekend. No wonder they don’t want to mate.

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Sudamericana
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I’ve always found zoos to be so depressing…

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These animals certainly need large enclosures with some natural landscaping therein to make them feel at home as much as possible. For a pair of animals such as elephants or rhinos, this would need to be at least a couple of acres, prefereably three of four. Raised walkways that intersected the enclosure could be a way for people to view them.

I’ll never forget seeing a gorilla in the seventies at a Zoo in Memphis. The damned room was just too small. It was the size of someone’s living room. He was hopping mad, jumping up against the glass enclosure. Zoos shouldn’t be a punishment for these animals, and they should always be placed in pairs or larger groups unless they simply cannot coexist with others.

Bush Gardens in Tampa, Florida is one place that has it about right. They have lions, rhinos, gators, hyenas, you name it……in large open spaces.

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The Wild Animal park in San Diego is supposed to be pretty good too.

As far as “Imprisoned humans live in safety”, I tend to disagree.

Having a Hell’s Angel come at you with a shank doesn’t fall under my definition of “safety”.

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The sign is wack for sure but your photo is also misleading, Roosh. That’s only one part of the elephant house at the National Zoo. You could’ve at least included an additional photo of the yard or of the work they’re doing to expand the elephant/large mammal exhibit.

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Steve Lurkel,

That is true, the elephants have a lot of room at the National Zoo, which in my opinion is the best in the USA.

I also just remembered when I was a kid on a school trip to the zoo, one of the elephants was giving birth.

So I guess they do mate.

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word to that. i went to the DC Zoo and had a realization – the gorilla was propped up against the glass, hand on his head sort of like The Thinker, but looking sad as f*ck. he’d look up at us, then back to head in hand. it was like he was saying, “just f*cking kill me already.”

been a peta member ever since.

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True, I think having to hunt, fight and survive is a lot more exciting than having everything provided. Maybe as life gets easier people become more depressed for this very reason.

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Caged animals are easier to shoot, well fed, and thus taste better.

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give ’em some fish oil.

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The San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Wild Animal Park are absolutely amazing.

I was at the San Diego Zoo when it was feeding time for the gorillas. The alpha male gorilla looked up at the feeder and then pointed to himself. The feeder tossed the first bit of food to the alpha male, who caught it, put it under his arm and then clapped for the feeder. Guess that made the feeder a beta…

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They dont take into consideration the mental aspect of prisons.

Surrounded 24/7 with violent criminals, with their own rules of behaviour, with no outlets or potential for growth or education (the education programs are a joke). People in that environment change. The longer you are in there the deeper those mental patterns are engrained. You will come out sharing the attributes of the people you were imprisoned with. That does society no good.

As for the zoos. Most zoo’s are terrible. Australia has some good ones. Sydneys zoo tries to make the habbitats as close to the environment as they can. But the smaller “open plain” zoo’s are the best. Even if they are smaller.

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oh. yea, right…. but… is this a blog post, really? are you bored by this blog?

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zoos are horrible. at one point perhaps they were helpful in teaching people about animals but today we have video.

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you can also have lots of sex in prison, whether you want to or not. don’t forget that.