The events last week that led to the killing of the gorilla Harambe, begs the question of whether it is even ethical to keep animals in captivity; that is, should we do away with zoos? Certainly, there is the argument for the educational role of zoos, as well as the function they serve for conservation. The question is how well are they doing either? There is no doubt, some zoos, at least in America are better than others. The Cincinnati Zoo would certainly be considered a good zoo, one that attempted to create the best possible, most natural, most comfortable enclosure for Harambe – however, it may have been this high quality enclosure that led to the tragedy.
If we insist on keeping animals enclosed, than there has to be a better way to do it. And there is….