As summer comes to a close but our need for safe outdoor recreation does not, we need to be cautious about engaging in activities that sustain cruelty.
Although I didn’t watch it, I hear Tiger King’s Joe Exotic now has a personal understanding of why wild animals don’t belong in cages. Now that he’s in one.
The animal entertainment industry has a long and sordid history of abuse, well beyond caging. Flourishing over many decades, we humans demonstrated our “superiority” over animals by tearing them from their homes, kidnapping their babies, breeding them to excess, and imprisoning them in small barren cells.
We gawked at them and used fear and violence to keep them under control and teach them to do silly things to make us laugh. When there were too many, or they outlived their usefulness, they were culled, neglected to death, or sold to research.