Support Your Local Zoo!
I know at times the debate on zoos is a hot topic of debate between animal rights and animal welfare activists. The animal rights activists feeling strongly against zoos and the animal welfare activists feelings falling on the opposite side of the spectrum. With this being said I find myself supporting the plight of zoos. Without being said the animals that are in captivity must be well cared for, provided more than adequate shelter and medical treatment. I realize that there are some zoos that don’t fit the bill and basically are in the business to make money first and foremost. These operations should be shut down and the animals transferred to better facilities where the animals can live out lives with better care.
The zoos I support are institutions like the Nashville Zoo or the Lehigh Valley Zoo where care and living quality appear to be the institutions first priority. I have been to both and speaking from my personal observations both zoos provide excellent care to both its animal inhabitants and its human visitors. Both of these facilities provide natural habitat enclosures for their animal
inhabitants while giving the animals the animals private areas as well. Both facilities provide educational programs such as opportunities for close encounters with the animals. In my mind no other type of institution can promote or can connect the child / animal bond like a zoo. These facilities however depend on not only state and government funding but public funding as well. The public arena is where we have to assume responsibility.
I encourage people to purchase memberships, donate and just as important visit your local zoo often. Without our support we may lose some of these educational treasures before we know it.