6/9/2017, Indianapolis, IN
Every year, the Indianapolis Zoo hosts is premier fundraiser, Zoobilation. This is an opportunity for wealthy zoo supporters to come together and spend an evening among the animals while enjoying cocktails and luxury cuisine, in order to “support the Zoo and its mission of animal conservation.”
Sadly, the zoo patrons do not seem to realize the disconnect between their intent and their actions. Much of the cuisine provided is actually dead animals – just not the dead animals that the zoo deems worthy of protection from human interest. The only reason it’s acceptable to eat cows but not zebras is because humans have deemed it so – but both of these animals are capable of forming emotional bonds with both humans and other animals alike, and suffer fear and pain when faced with death. In the wild, many animals must kill others in order to survive; in our society, there are a plethora of other food options available that do not necessitate the exploitation and slaughter of sentient creatures.