I don’t visit zoo’s. Ever. Not because I don’t like animals, on the contrary I like animals very much. I don’t visit zoo’s because I don’t like seeing animals living in animal prison. The animals in zoo’s always have broken spirits readily apparent in their vacant gaze. It’s no fun seeing animals like, it’s just sad.
The same reason I don’t visit zoo’s is the same reason I don’t have a normal, 9-5 office job – it kills the human spirit. Next time you go to work I want you to look in the eyes of all you see – from the other motorists stuck in traffic to all your cubicle drone co-workers. You will see one thing in all of them – broken spirits. Walk into the bathroom and take a look in the mirror. Do you have that same look in your eyes? Probably. Just like animals were not meant to live in zoo’s pretending it’s natural, humans were not meant to live in human zoo’s pretending to live life.
Animals living in zoo’s are fed everyday, they don’t have to do anything for their food, some of them get lazy and fat. If they were released back into the wild they would have to work harder to eat everyday. There would be no security. They would give up security for a life of freedom. Do you think, given the chance, that animals would stay in a zoo for the rest of their life if the cage doors were left open?
The difference between animals in a zoo and humans in an office is this: Animals are locked in their cage. Humans willingly stay in their cage. Your door is open. It has always been open. It’s only in your mind that the cage door is locked.