Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

NEL­SON the lion may have been "beloved" by staff mem­bers at Perth zoo but was he happy?

Would any of us like to spend our en­tire lives in a prison, de­prived of our free­dom and all sem­blance of a nat­u­ral life?

Of course not, and nei­ther do non-hu­man an­i­mals.

Zoos con­stantly at­tempt to jus­tify their im­pris­on­ment of an­i­mals by claim­ing they are "con­serv­ing en­dan­gered species", but the re­al­ity is that most zoo an­i­mals are not en­dan­gered and sel­dom are any an­i­mals ever re­ha­bil­i­tated to the wild.

The way to con­serve an­i­mals is to con­serve their habi­tat, not lock them up in zoos. JENNY MOXHAM, Mon­bulk, Vic­to­ria. the only mu­nic­i­pal­ity in the coun­try to fly the Ja­panese flag at its war memo­rial dur­ing a pre-An­zac Day memo­rial ser­vice.

In the opin­ion of many, this ac­tion would seem to des­e­crate this re­cently re­built and re-ded­i­cated memo­rial to where many peo­ple go to pay trib­ute in hon­our of the many ca­su­al­ties our na­tion suf­fered in all wars.

Fly­ing a Ja­panese flag above them, in my opin­ion, seeks to dis­hon­our them. The Ja­panese were our al­lies dur­ing World War I but that does noth­ing to mit­i­gate their crimes in World War II. PETER HITCHENS, Beck­en­ham.

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