‘The wild is no longer a safe place for animals’
In response to the comments to the letter praising the new safari park, in particular the comment saying animals should be in the wild, you are right Marcus, we should leave the animals in the wild where they belong. Oh wait a minute! The wild is no longer safe because of people that want more land or want animal parts or want to take animals from the wild and keep as pets. And before you say isn’t that what zoos do, first check your facts, ethical zoos don’t take from the wild. Maybe when the last animals are extinct you will be one of the people that cry out “why didn’t we do something to help keep the species alive”. The sad fact is that many species on this planet will in time disappear because of greed and stupidity. Good ethical zoos and safari parks may be the last hope that many animals have for survival. And if people pay money to see them then isn’t that a good idea? Or will you Marcus be willing to donate say 10 per cent of your income to the running of such places? A few facts that you haven’t thought of: 1. places like zoos and safari parks can’t run on well wishes; 2. Saving wildlife and educating people so they can appreciate animals is not exploiting animals, using them as props for selfies is, or making them do unnatural tricks to entertain people is. But giving them a safe home and keeping the species alive isn’t exploiting; 3. If a government is prepared to pay for and fund an ethical park then it should be given a pat on the back. Because it shows that it understands that it has a role to play in conservation; 4. No zoo or safari park makes a profit. The money always goes back into the park to pay for experienced people to care for the animals, research, for education and to make the park better by upgrading exhibits. 5. While it would be nice to live in a world where wildlife would be safe and all we had to do was send money to protect them, that isn’t the real world. Misinformed people like yourself that will always try to find the negative in everything.