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Imprisoned

 

I think the discomfort some people feel in going to the monkey cages at the zoo is a warning sign.     

– Carl Sagan

“All zoos, even the most enlightened, are built upon the idea both beguiling and repellent—the notion that we can seek out the wildness of the world and behold its beauty, but that we must first contain that wildness. Zoos argue that they are fighting for the conservation of the Earth, that they educate the public and provide refuge and support for vanishing species. And they are right. Animal-rights groups argue that zoos traffic in living creatures, exploiting them for financial gain and amusement. And they are right. Caught inside this contradiction are the animals themselves, and the humans charged with their well-being.”

– Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

“All zoos, even the most enlightened, are built upon the idea both beguiling and repellent—the notion that we can seek out the wildness of the world and behold its beauty, but that we must first contain that wildness. Zoos argue that they are fighting for the conservation of the Earth, that they educate the public and provide refuge and support for vanishing species. And they are right. Animal-rights groups argue that zoos traffic in living creatures, exploiting them for financial gain and amusement. And they are right. Caught inside this contradiction are the animals themselves, and the humans charged with their well-being.”

– Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

Looking at animals in cages doesn’t interest me in general. They know we are standing there looking at them–they sense the hundreds of inquisitive looks, and it has an effect on them.

– Knut Hamsun, Hunger

Looking at animals in cages doesn’t interest me in general. They know we are standing there looking at them–they sense the hundreds of inquisitive looks, and it has an effect on them.

– Knut Hamsun, Hunger

“We are not the only animal that mourns; apes do, and elephants, and dogs. Yet we are the only one that tortures.”

– Geraldine Brooks

“…[the zoo’s] very existence declared our presumption of supremacy, the ancient belief that we have been granted dominion over other creatures and have the right to do with them as we please. The zoo was a living catalogue of our fears and obsessions, the ways we see animals and see ourselves, all the things we prefer not to see at all. Every corner of the grounds revealed our appetite for amusement and diversion, no matter what the cost. Our longing for the wildness we have lost inside ourselves. Our instinct to both exalt nature and control it. Our deepest wish to love and protect other species even as we scorch their forests and poison their rivers and shove them toward oblivion…”

– Thomas French, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

 

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.

– Terence McKenna

Nature is not our enemy, to be raped and conquered. Nature is ourselves, to be cherished and explored.

– Terence McKenna