In prison for entertainment

Most of us doesnt find a prison very entertaining. We woldnt go on a sunday trip to watch inmates. To watch an imprisoned elephant is something completely different.

Mali, day in and day out for 30 years.

Mali, day in and day out for 30 years.

There are elephant prisoneres through out the whole world. But unline killers, bankrobbers and scammers the elephants is not guilty of any crimes. They are behind bars because humans wants somehing exotic to look at. And because of that they must suffer. All of them.

Elephants is not created to be behind bars. They are made to roam big areas, with water and plants to eat. They live in families and is a very social animal. They are not made to walk on floors of concrete.

Mali lives in a zoo in Manila. She is the only elephant there. While free elephants live in areas where they can roam over 80 kilometers a day, Mali has 0,055 square kilometers to roam. Peta tried to move the elephant to a sanctuary in Thailand but the owners wont even sell her to Peta. For 30 years the elephant had nothing but concrete instead of grass and plants.

Many years ago I took my children to a zoo in Denmark, A giraff was captured in a small area. Of concrete walls and floor. The only three that was there was eaten a long time ago. The giraff looked liek it had given up. In the same zoo there was many animals in small cages. Lions tigres and monkeys. Some acted nervous, some frustrated others completely apathic. But all the guests in the zoo thouh it was brilliant, It was the last time I visited a zoo.

Humans have a long history of having animals in captivity. The romans had exotic animals both for display and as entertainment in their bloody arenas. The first modern zoo was opened in Paris in 1793. London got their zoo in 1828, Antwerpen 1843, Berlin 1844 and Cobenhagen in 1859. Collectons of living animals for human entertainment. They have have been vulgar part og the human culture. The worst part about zoos is all the children. We continue to teach our children that animals should be in cages.

We think we look at cozy fury animals and exiting exotisk cratures. You dont! What u look at is suffering, frustrastion and a slow death. We look at creatures that is jailed, inocent convicted to a life where desoliaton is their only cellmate.

Every ticket we buy to zoos goes to a system that captivates and tortures animals. A system that takes them from their natural life. The life they were meant to have. We should stop this.

Think about this every time you want to take you kids to a zoo. If you do you just contribute to sustain their suffering, frustration and desolation. Maybe we can make our children take better care of the worlds animals than we have done.

No living creatures is born to be in a cage. They are not created just to be studied by humans. They are created to live on our planet side by side wiht us. They have just the same right to a life in freedom as humans have. Zoos are just an example of human complacency and lack off empathy.

Lets start with the elephant Mali. Please enter the homepage of Peta and make a comittment. Ure grandchildren wil thank you.

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One Comment on “In prison for entertainment”

  1. cvheerden Says:

    I feel exactly the same like you. Once I took my kids to the Pretoria Zoo although I do not like zoos. But its the things you think you have to do as a parent, right? Well I went to the bathroom to cry (so my husband wouldnt see it and think me weird) because of the pain. I have been to the Singapore zoo once which seemed a real happy place for animals. But Pretoria zoo was a horrible prison by any modern standards. I do not want to have to explain to my kids again why the tiger walks so funny up and down. Rather go into nature and be real quiet and wait for free animals to make an appearance.


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