Indy Zoo Imprisons Orangutans for the Crime of Having Only 97% of the Correct DNA
I recognize those eyes as the same eyes a human would have if they were put in prison for committing no crime. Shame on the Indy Zoo for this. I hope the little girl in the picture grows up to know better.
The exhibit is being hailed as “world class” with sparkling reviews from news channels and other zoos. Many times we forget to see things from the perspective of the animal we are exploiting for our pleasures.
Take a long look at the picture. I noticed people commenting on Facebook about the primate to the right, and how great the experience was for the little girl, and how they can’t wait to take their own children. But what about the primate on the left? What is to become of him? What does he gain from this experience?
The little girl will leave the zoo, continue with her life, go to school, graduate from high school, go to college, maybe get married and have children of her own one day. Over the next 40-50 years hopefully she will be living life to the fullest. During all the twists, turns and adventures in her life, this orangutan will still be sitting there, staring through the glass; hour after hour, day after day, year after agonizing year. The two primates in the picture share 97% of the same DNA, yet one of them has been reduced to nothing more than a novelty. He will watch as an endless number of people come by to see him. His mind is capable of such amazing things. He will wonder what is outside the walls of his prison, maybe even plan for what he will do, and dream of a freedom he will never experience.
And all for this one insignificant, fleeting moment in this little girl’s life.
I think we should teach children respect for all creatures, and it starts with the idea that they deserve more than to be caged and turned into a spectacle.
Zoos are not conservation organizations; please don?t let them tell you differently. They exist to make a profit, and when that happens, money will always come before the interest of the animals. There are dozens of orangutan rescues and sanctuaries in the world doing good work in the best interest of this species. The Indianapolis Zoo is not one of them.
Tell the Indy Zoo what you think of this picture and this orangutan prison
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