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.