20 June 2012

TDIV Q&A: Do vegans still go to zoos, aquariums and fairs?

Q: Do vegans still go to zoos, aquariums and fairs? 

A: Absolutely not! People who follow a vegan lifestyle do so because they do not support the exploitation of animals for any reason, including for entertainment.

When speaking about zoos PETA puts it best: 
“The zoo community regards the animals it keeps as commodities, and animals are regularly bought, sold, borrowed, and traded without any regard for established relationships. Zoos breed animals because the presence of babies draws zoo visitors and boosts revenue... 
In general, zoos and wildlife parks preclude or severely restrict natural behavior, such as flying, swimming, running, hunting, climbing, scavenging, foraging, digging, exploring, and selecting a partner. The physical and mental frustrations of captivity often lead to abnormal, neurotic, and even self-destructive behavior, such as incessant pacing, swaying, head-bobbing, bar-biting, and self-mutilation. 
Proponents of zoos like to claim that zoos protect species from extinction—seemingly a noble goal. However, wild-animal parks and zoos almost always favor large and charismatic animals who draw large crowds of visitors, but they neglect less popular species that also need to be protected. Most animals in zoos are not endangered, and while confining animals to zoos keeps them alive, it does nothing to protect wild populations and their habitats.”
This does not mean that vegans miss out on seeing the animals that they love. State and national parks, sanctuaries and animal rescues are great alternatives, for people of all lifestyles, to see many types of wildlife. For help locating a sanctuary near you visit: http://www.sanctuaryfederation.org/gfas/home/

Stephanie Pania | Facebook | Blog | Pinterest
Philadelphia, PA Stephanie is an eco-conscious vegan from Philadelphia, PA. She has a degree in Communications and Technical Theater, and is currently the communications specialist at an area nonprofit. She recently finished a year serving with AmeriCorps, and spends her free time playing with her adopted dogs and her rescued cats.

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