The zoo – no place for animals. The Great Ape Project*

“Even if zoos claim that there is no place of learning where one can observe and learn to understand nature better, the exact opposite is the case: Zoos are suitable for nothing less than establishing a clear reference to nature.
Rather, zoo visitors are systematically instructed to misunderstand the distorted images, clichés and caricatures of nature presented in cages and concrete bunkers as nature itself.

That is why they do not notice the suffering of the caged animals, robbed of their freedom and dignity: They learn to see the unnatural as the natural.

At most, zoos encourage visitors to buy their own cages, terrariums or aquariums and to place exotic wild animals – monkeys, parrots, geckos, ornamental fish, etc. – as decorative elements in the living room: seen in the zoo, bought in the zoo animal trade.

Myriads of exotic wild animals are imported into Germany every year in order to disappear, completely uncontrolled, in some private households (where they are often kept under even more inadequate conditions than in zoos and / or are “disposed of” after a short time if the maintenance costs become too high or interest in them wanes).

It is not uncommon for the zoos themselves to sell “surplus” animals to private owners”.
(from the book by Colin Goldner** : The Zoo – No Place for Animals, Aschaffenburg, Germany 2017)

“Not a single one of the zoos comes up with the idea of encouraging zoo visitors through appropriate information and education to make a personal contribution to animal, nature and environmental protection.

And to discourage them from eating dead animals or food made from animal products at least on the day of their visit to the zoo.

Quite the opposite: the food on offer in most zoo restaurants is extremely meat-heavy and corresponds to that of a below-average factory canteen or motorway service station (…) Nowhere is it more obvious than on the menu of a zoo restaurant.

The message to the zoo visitors: Animals can be gazed at in the zoo just as safely as they can be eaten in the zoo restaurant: after all, there are only animals that are there for this very purpose. ”
(From the book by Colin Goldner: Lifelong behind bars – The truth about gorillas, orangutans & Co in German zoos)

*The Great Ape Project, initiated in 1993 by the philosophers Paola Cavalieri and Peter Singer, calls for the great apes – bonobos, chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans – to be recognized because of their great genetic similarity to humans and their similarly complex cognitive, affective and social ability to recognize certain basic rights that have hitherto been reserved for humans: the basic right to life, to individual freedom and to physical and psychological invulnerability.

**Colin Goldner (* 1953 in Munich) is a German psychologist who also works as a non-fiction author and science journalist.
In 2011 Goldner was entrusted with the relaunch of the Great Ape Project, which demands basic rights for great apes, and speaks about this at home and abroad.

And I mean...Zoos are open air prisons.
In Europe, these prisons – which are even funded by the EU – operate as follows: Young wild animals are separated from their mother, the natural environment in which they lived and their family and sold to owners of open prisons, where they are kept for life in some pitiful squares of land but mainly in narrow cells.

Frankfurt Zoo: 50-year-old facility that looks like the toilets of a train station

There they spend a life in restriction and monotony, winter and summer, with a unique freedom of movement the “come and go” without the ability to behave and act as dictated by the needs of their species. Depression, mental trauma, unusual aggression, premature death are some of the consequences of slavery.

The inmates receive daily visits.
Like all the uneducated, ignorant, uninformed, some fall victim to the dirty advertising that the outdoor prison company sells on the internet and go out with their wives and children on the weekends because … “it is a place of knowledge and recreation for young and old”.

A solid portion of dementia and anesthesia is required for a parent to choose animal prisons as a place of education for their children and to even pay for their maintenance with a ticket.
No civilized and sensitive person should find fun and enjoyment at the sight of a daily tragedy of animal creatures

In terms of our moral behavior towards other animals we still live on trees.

My best regards to all, Venus

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