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After Harambe’s Death, Rethinking Zoos – The New York Times

We certainly need more animal sanctuaries…


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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Robert A. Vella

    I’ve always hated zoos even as a child. Every time I looked into the miserable inmates’ eyes, I saw sorrow, humiliation, and rage.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Robert, you must have been what they call an old soul in a child’s body. I, on the other hand, spent many happy childhood hours at the Detroit Zoo. At the time, it was lauded for its modern spacious natural-habitat enclosures. I’m sure it was put to me that the zoo was safer for animals than living in the wild; it was like they won the lottery.

      Of course, now I have more insight. The animal rights activists, whom many cast as fools, are doing important work. Along the way, they also challenge us about the state of humanity – in that, we treat some of our own “like animals.”

      • Robert A. Vella

        Many have said that I grew up too quickly. It’s probably true.

  2. Norman Pilon

    I only once ever visited a zoo once, thinking it would be a cool thing to do with my kids. When we got there and saw, for example, timber wolves confined to a “pen,” pacing back and forth, obviously going out of their minds with boredom, these animals who in the wild cover many hundreds of miles of territory in only days and weeks, the criminal and inhumane nature of it became painfully obvious to me. Zoos and whale keeping aquariums should be outlawed. At most, wild animals should be given sanctuary in instances where they are injured and would otherwise perish unless nursed back to health by competent veterinarians, that and perhaps individuals known to be of a species endangered or otherwise going extinct. The rest is simply and categorically a plague upon sentient life.

    • JoAnn Chateau

      I confess: I have loved zoos. But I am now more aware. (The animal rights activists are doing a good job.) Your comment is very wise and compassionate. We need to stop exploiting animals. I think it will also help us be better to our fellow humans.

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