The Indiana Animal Rights Alliance and supporters will stage a demonstration Friday, June 8 at 6:00 p.m. on the public sidewalks near the entrance of the Indianapolis Zoo in continued protest of the exploitation of animals at the Zoo. The demonstration will coincide with the Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Zoobilation.
Animal lovers often view the Zoo as doing positive work, so we are often asked why we protest.
The purpose for the protest is twofold. We don’t believe animals should be confined and kept in small, unnatural enclosures simply for our entertainment purposes. Additionally, the fact that Zoobilation serves up dead animals as part of this fundraiser seems counter to the goal of caring about animals.
We have always thought it was strange to raise money for some animals in a fundraiser centered around killing and eating other animals.
Cows, pigs and chickens are no less deserving of their lives than giraffes or zebras or other animals at the Zoo.
Do you think a cow values her life less than a zebra? Of course not, yet we butcher her for a fancy dinner to raise money for the other animals. That makes very little sense.
Most zoo patrons do not see the disconnect between their INTENT, which is to help animals, and their ACTIONS, which directly cause harm to animals. We would like to see them align their actions with their intent.
Farm animals have thoughts and lives, social orders, likes and dislikes just like giraffes or zebras do. The Zoo claims to care about animals. I’d like to see them start to show that by not supporting a fundraiser where many, many animals are killed.