Thursday, 15 July 2010

Is Freedom A Matter Of Degree?

Cotswold Wildlife Park
I know that there are powerful arguments against taking wild animals out of their natural habitats and putting them on display in zoos and wildlife parks. But, as with most things, freedom is a matter of degree. These animals may be confined, but the enclosure is vast and the setting is beautiful. Make your own mind up.

9 comments:

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

I don't much like zoos for a lot of reasons. It is the accepted thing to do and some places and countries do not police them and the animals are forced to live in the most atrocious conditions. So I prefer they live life as they should, free, and not on display.

Valerie said...

I don't like to see animals caged. Spacious wildlife parks guarantee life for those living in them, otherwise, with the way the world is, they might meet early deaths and head for extinction.

Chairman Bill said...

Three degress of freedom is all I have, as time is one direction only.

geraldgee said...

Apart from all that Alan,it's a great photo!

Mildred said...

It is a superb photo and I think these parks give children such an appreciation for the different animals.

jennyfreckles said...

Not sure - open space better than cages but it looks odd to see a rhino in front of a very green English tree. Does it educate us about rhinos to see them for real but in a non-native habitat? Maybe it's safer living in the Cotswolds though?

corfubob said...

What a great post to be the first.

Maybe city people find it easier to believe that the natural habitat is best. Maybe only people know the difference between freedom and confinement. Maybe wild animals don't mind being eaten alive starting from behind.

Some people live in atrocious conditions, but this is not an argument against all conditions.

I agree with Valerie, cages are barbaric, just like their owners.

Beth Niquette said...

We have a park like this in Oregon--the animals seem to be just fine--and it is a wonderful place to visit. One drives along the road to look at them through the windows.

Oh--and milkweed is where FAIRIES get their milk (along with the, er, fuzzy little Leobutterfly.) (grin)

Far Side of Fifty said...

If they are well kept and clean. I know that they are a refuge for some animals who would not survive in the wild. So yes it is degrees of freedom..enough to survive and be content but not enough so they starve to death:)