Matt Vse 
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Re: “SPECIAL EVENT | Seeing Animals through Different Eyes

I grew up an animal lover and spent much time at the Seneca Park Zoo. As a child I went as much as I could. While other children were watching the power rangers and playing with hot wheels I was collecting figures of animals, both alive and extinct (dinosaurs). Growing up most of us eat meat, wear animal products and have seen animals as vehicles for entertainment. Somewhere a long the line we threw away what were pure truths in our hearts and took a rigid view instead. Don't get me wrong I'm glad the part of my cultural view changed that helped me speak my mind and take actions into my other hands. But why did we allow the part of our cultural view on animals and people change? Children love animals and people of all backgrounds. Don't teach your child that hunting squirrels, supermarket lobsters, wearing uggs and elephants in a space that could easily fit into one of your suburban neighbors backyards is normal. We need to love animals and love everyone equally. Our compassion towards the world starts with how we treat the smallest animals to the largest and everything in between. Please remember everything about the documentary Blackfish that made you upset. If you haven't watched it, do so. The practices that occurred weren't created exclusively by sea world. How did the first elephant get into a zoo? Was it separated from it's mother? What sort of psychological conditions exist in zoo animals? A study shows that, "Elephants in zoos generally live much shorter lives than those in the wild and less restrictive settings, possibly because they are more prone to stress and obesity, a research team found.
The average lifespan of African female elephants in zoos is 17 years, while the lifespan for African female elephants in the wild is 56 years, according to a study published today in the journal Science. The lifespan for Asian female zoo elephants was 19 years, while those working in Burma in the timber industry had a lifespan of 42 years, the study concluded." Any other study that contradicted those findings failed to report elephants deaths before the age of one, when many calves die from separation. These animals and others need to retire to sanctuaries where they can live the rest of their lives with true freedom. Perhaps the zoo can start from scratch and be bulldozed and start over new as a farm animal sanctuary? Their view and ours needs to become one.

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Posted by Matt Vse on 06/11/2015 at 8:28 AM

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