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

We certainly need more animal sanctuaries…

Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News

Captive apes don’t all die from a gunshot; but almost all die having never really experienced what it is to be a gorilla. Harambe was born in a zoo in Brownsville, Tex. There are signs that times are changing. Prominent circuses are retiring their elephants. The “Blackfish” film helped change norms for orcas, or killer whales. The focus of this shift so far has been on big-brained, highly social species (those most like us) — a distinction that’s rejected as elitist by some animal advocates. There’s much more to be done. This issue was compellingly explored in Scientific American this week by Marc Bekoff, who studies animals’ behavior and awareness and is a proponent of what he calls “compassionate conservation”: While some might say Harambe had a ‘good life’ in the zoo, it doesn’t come close to the life he would have had as a wild gorilla, with all its attendant…

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