The Zoo: a symbol of human atrocity

The Zoo: the place for anyone who loves nature, animals, beauty, art, poetry, creation and diversity. It is where we can listen in to the song of the universe, the harmony of birds chirping, lions roaring, bears growling, monkeys laughing, and that sound of elephants spraying water with their trunks.

But rather than feeling inspired, my trip to the zoo last week left me sad, angry and frustrated. The zoo is nothing us humans should be proud of, it is a display of the very worst traits in our character. 

While I was standing by the thick glass looking into the lion’s den, a thought suddenly disrupted my amazement. I approached a guide and inquired of the eating habits of the lioness, she told me that the lioness is fed 25 kilograms of meat thrice a week and has a constant supply of water.

I than started screaming and shouting [in my head, not to that innocent tour guide]

Does this lion know that she can run 50 mph? Does she know that she can go without food for 14 days? Does she know that every animal in all the jungle is terrified of her roar? Does she know that she is a skilled and brilliant hunter? Does she know that she can rip any beast to shreds with her claws and teeth? The answer is OF COURSE NOT! How in the world should she know all this?

You see, in manipulating nature for our selfish amazement, we turned a lion into a cow. We provide him with enough food, with the perfect climate and isolate him from any possible danger. “But his life expectancy is longer than his counterparts in the jungle”, goes the argument. To which I ask you a question.

Imagine you take a child and isolate him in a glass cage, with a healthy diet, the right temperature, and protected from any outside encounter, thus pretty much safe from disease. The child will probably live for a thousand years. He will never talk, read, think critically, crave for greatness, learn the wisdom we gathered, learn to survive or form intimate relationships. In other words, he would be a cow in a human form. What does he gain from living a thousand years? What does he need life for?

In the zoo, we stripped the lion from his glory, we robbed him from his pride, we weakened him from his might and worst of all, we molested his identity.

Sorry for ending so negatively.


5 Replies to “The Zoo: a symbol of human atrocity”

  1. I understand what you mean. But what do you suggest to do with all the ZOOs worldwide?

    I believe that the ZOOs are kind of heritage, result of human pride. But now it is difficult to find reasonable solution as many of those liones have never catch any animal simply because they were already born in cage.

    I consider the ZOOs like unwanted children at the moment. Many people try to do their best for wrong concept but they cannot change it. Nothing to say about those, who willingly continue in the presentation of this human pride.

    Sometimes we have to accept what we cannot change. Even though it is sad and I agree with what you said.

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  2. I completely agree with you. At the age of 5 my grandfather lost me in the circus. They found me by the tamed lions’ cage, gently caressing the lion’s tale, telling the poor animals how sorry I was that they were caged and made to literally jump the hoops for human entertainment. That’s why I don’t take my grandchildren to Zoo’s and circuses.

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  3. I hate zoos. I realize that they preserve species which are threatened in the wild, but at what cost? To what end?

    I believe we could do better if we wished, but we don’t wish .

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    1. The Biblical Zoo (where I was) does preserve many species and takes good care of the animals that are threatened by extinction. There’s a type of deer that was nearly annihilated the zoo saved a couple and eventually distributed over 50 deer back into the wild.. so they’re doing good work and I don’t think they mean evil, it’s a mindset we need to change and then the actions will follow, sadly I don’t think we’re quite ready for that radical change…


  4. Reblogged this on Blogging Theology and commented:

    Warning, it’s a negative post. Because we’re all missing some negativity these days. I would also be interested to learn what Islams viewpoint is on animals and nature in general in this context. Enjoy


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