NO SHELTER HERE: Making The World A Kinder Place For Dogs & Wild Animals In Captivity by Rob Laidlaw
Wild Animals in Captivity by Rob Laidlaw
FRIDAY, 12 SEPTEMBER 2008
In a zoo in Indonesia, two polar bears lay on a concrete floor trying to stay cool in the tropical heat. At the Alaska Zoo, an elephant named Maggie was confined to a 146 square meter (1600-square foot) barn during the winter. In a Canadian zoo’s $6 million dollar African complex an African Silverback sits among concrete trees and painted on murals. Author Rob Laidlaw writes that when visiting other zoos, great apes were living in exhibits that were less costly but more natural, with real trees, tall grasses and larger spaces. When you visit a zoo, do you ever wonder what it might be like for animals that live day after day in the same small enclosures?
Wild Animals in Captivity, a young adult title, makes a comparison between wild and natural animal settings and a series of poignant photos to ask us to consider what is best for the animal rather than what is best for the people who frequent the zoos.
Wild Animals in Captivity explains that nearly every zoo keeps animals in exhibits that are far smaller than what the animals actually need. A study of elephant areas in British zoos found most were 1000 times smaller than their natural habitats. Wild polar bears sometimes travel 50-100 kilometres a day hunting for seals, but zoos confine them in spaces that are more than a million times smaller than their Arctic territory. Aside from inadequate space, most zoos neglect to provide places for animals to hide and rest, or provide necessary stimuli and opportunities to bond and interact with their own species.
A beautifully presented book for a younger audience that will gently help them to engage in the discussion of whether or not wild animals should be kept in captivity.
Wild Animals in Captivity helps us to understand not all zoos are created equally. And even though there are numerous zoos that are not adequately meeting animals’ needs, there are examples of progressive zoos that are able to provide ‘…a pleasant life for animals in a natural setting…’. Some examples include the Arizona-Sonara Desert Museum, Jersey Zoo, The China Bear Rescue Center and The Elephant Sanctuary.
A beautifully presented book for a younger audience that will gently help them to engage in the discussion of whether or not wild animals should be kept in captivity. School libraries would greatly benefit from the addition ofWild Animals in Captivity.
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Publisher: Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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An investigation into one of Australia's largest chicken meat producers that supplies major retail outlets has revealed routine and shocking animal abuse. Every year in Australia 488 million chickens endure brutally short and undeniably cruel lives inside factory farms. Animals Australia's investigation video shows baby birds suffering from heart disease, lameness, thirst, starvation and trampling inside a shed packed with over 40,000 birds.
Threatened by rising concern for the welfare of animals, Australia’s major chicken producers are attempting to mislead consumers with confusing terms such as ‘cage free’ and ‘free to roam’ — despite the fact that cages are never used in broiler facilities. The reality is that nearly all chicken meat sold by major brands is factory farmed.
Please help to shine a light on the hidden cruelty of chicken farming by exploring this page, and taking action for chickens. READ MORE
Bartter, La Ionica producer Turi Foods, and the Australian Chicken Meat Federation to the Federal Court — alleging misleading or deceptive advertising related to claims about the treatment of chickens raised for meat.
The four defendants have over the past several years used the claim that chickens raised for chicken meat are 'free roaming' or 'free to roam in large barns' in their advertising, on product packaging and/or websites — giving consumers the false impression that factory farmed chickens are afforded substantial space allowing them to roam freely. But the ACCC alleges that the population density of meat chickens raised in barns preclude such movement.
BREAKING NEWS: 14 September: After charges were laid against Steggles, fast food giant KFC (which sources large numbers of chickens from Steggles) has pulled "free to roam" claims from its website. Read more...
For the vast majority of their lives, these birds have less space to themselves than an A4 sized piece of paper. The birds' ability to move is also restricted by their unnatural growth rate — three times faster than natural — which makes their bodies so heavy as they get older that many struggle to move to reach for food and water. Others suffer heart failure as their hearts struggle to cope under the pressure of their overweight bodies.
Twenty million chickens die in these conditions each year. READ MORE
Please visit Betsy's new website. It features all her photography and art. You can buy her books, limited edition prints, greeting cards, ceramic items with her images, calendars, posters, and get a glimpse into nature as you may never have seen it. Betsy believes if ".... you nourish your passions, they'll feed your soul."
By JEFFREY KLUGER
An excerpt from Kluger's article:
"......one by one, the berms we've built between ourselves and the beasts are being washed away. Humans are the only animals that use tools, we used to say. But what about the birds and apes that we now know do as well? Humans are the only ones who are empathic and generous, then. But what about the monkeys that practice charity and the elephants that mourn their dead? Humans are the only ones who experience joy and a knowledge of the future. But what about the U.K. study just last month showing that pigs raised in comfortable environments exhibit optimism, moving expectantly toward a new sound instead of retreating warily from it? And as for humans as the only beasts with language? Kanzi himself could tell you that's not true.
All of that is forcing us to look at animals in a new way. With his 1975 book Animal Liberation, bioethicist Peter Singer of Princeton University launched what became known as the animal-rights movement. The ability to suffer, he argued, is a great cross-species leveler, and we should not inflict pain on or cause fear in an animal that we wouldn't want to experience ourselves. This idea has never met with universal agreement, but new studies are giving it more legitimacy than ever. It's not enough to study an animal's brain, scientists now say; we need to know its mind." READ MORE
Another excerpt from Kluger's article:
"The not-for-profit Great Ape Trust is home to seven bonobos, including Kanzi's baby son Teco, born this year on June 1. Kanzi is by no means the first ape to have been taught language. The famous Koko, Washoe and others came before him. But the Trust takes a novel approach, raising apes from birth with spoken and symbolic language as a constant feature of their days. Just as human mothers take babies on walks and chatter to them about what they see even though the child does yet not understand, so too do the scientists at the Trust narrate the lives of their bonobos. With the help of such total immersion, the apes are learning to communicate better, faster and with greater complexity." READ MORE
An excerpt from Bruce Wagman's article:
"I had to learn the science of elephants for my job, and that requirement is one of the fantastic things about practicing animal law, especially for someone like me. That is, in order to do a good job, I am compelled to learn not just the law, but often the biology, physiology, psychology and behaviors of whatever species is at the center of the case I am litigating. For me that is turning work into fun or at least intellectual exploration, which is fun for a law geek like me. Because there are “cat people” and “dog people” and “chimp people;” and when on safari in Africa some people mainly want to see the big cats; others the birds. There is an inherent speciesism, just like when we pet a cat and eat a cow, or think it is bad to eat dog because we do not do it, but it is okay to eat a pig because we do. But I’m a garbage-can animal lover, meaning I love them all." READ FULL ARTICLE
This story about the rescue of 5 bear cubs in India was reported on URSA FREEDOM PROJECT. "Poachers in India usually kill the female bear and then sell her cubs. The paws of these baby bears are severed and used in bear paw soup, while other parts are being used for old traditional Chinese medicine, including aphrodisiacs." READ MORE
Click here to go directly to Michael Markarian's website: HUMAN SOCIETY LEGISLATIVE FUND
"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."