In the last discussion, we spoke about why humans like to interact with animals. One of the way by which we tend to interact with animals is by visiting them in zoos.
We love seeing monkeys climb trees or a deer grazing or birds flying around or a tiger yawning. All of us are curious about animal behavior and learning more about them is important to our survival as well. But seeing these animals behind bars, inside cages, seems like human depravity.
There is no study showing that we learn better if the animal is in a zoo or if it's in the wild. If I can learn about my brain without actually seeing it, I can learn about animals without capturing and torturing them. If zoos teach anything, they teach us dangerous lessons. They teach us that humans have the right to enslave animals and reinforce the notion that animals have no other purpose other than for our gain. Zoos do not teach us to respect individuals.