At The Zoo

Blog 1753 – 07.12.2020

At The Zoo

Zoos have long been thought to be the keepers and protectors of the animals with whom we share this planet and honored places where big city dwellers have long had the privilege of seeing exotic animals from all over the world without having to safari into the wild. But, as the saying goes, “There is a fly in the ointment, a monkey in the wrench. All is not as outward appearances seem to indicate.” No one ever asked the animals what they thought of captivity, confinement, and being put on display.

At The Zoo

I fully realize that I might be accused of being a revisionist historian or at the very least “a bleeding heart” for trying to represent the animal’s point of view in the zoo issue, but there have been problems and abuses swept under the rug. Just as the famous book and movie, Gone With The Wind, tries to portray human slavery as a “pretty world” it was for those kept enslaved far from that.

One of the greatest most hurtful myths propagated by another book, the Bible, includes in it’s first page the following:

I happen to believe that all things are ours to enjoy without thinking we must dominate. The idea of world domination has spawned countless wars with their terrible destruction and loss of life and worst of all made the winners feel they were justified to rule over even harshly the vanquished. The wrong headed and hearted ideas of empire and racial superiority still plague us today. And many “good people” still are motivated by those horrendous and hurtful mistaken ideas.

Why else do we persist in thinking that the caging of animals and people is a good and necessary thing? Why, can we not rather live as The Code, in the first of the Ten Intentions For A Better World, states, “I refrain from opposing or harming anyone. I allow others to have their own experiences. I see life in all things and honor it as if it were my own. I support life.”

Another saying goes, “No man is free until all men are free.” It should go without saying, but, sadly, it does not that this goes for women and children too. Some of us think animals also deserve to live free and not be caged for our amusement.

Wouldn’t that be a pretty world, people and animals living free and having their own experiences, prettier even than a day at the zoo. I think so.

Your friend and fellow traveler,

David White

Bless The Beasts And The Children

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