Lions, Tigers, and Convicted Murderers, Oh My!

Published by PETA.

We frequently catch wind of some insightful satire from the folks over at The Onion, as their talent for drawing attention to ridiculous practices and pastimes deservedly focuses on animal issues from time to time.In this very clever piece, the San Diego Zoo reportedly merges with the San Diego prison to boost tourism and cut costs (which is a common theme in animal industries). It’s worth noting that they refer to the new facility as a zoo-prison, which is not exactly a new concept—”zoological park” is really just a kid-friendly way of saying zoological prison. The only difference between the medium-security inmates and the big cats, after all, is the inmates’ right to a day in court before a life of imprisonment. The last quote in the article really says it all:

“To see all those poor souls forced to live in confined living quarters, with little to no sunlight, and no hope of freedom, it’s just so inhumane,” San Diego housewife Carol Wurster said. “Those otters deserve better.”

—SeanPosted by Sean Conner, Laboratory Investigations Special Projects Coordinator

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 Ingrid E. Newkirk

“Almost all of us grew up eating meat, wearing leather, and going to circuses and zoos. We never considered the impact of these actions on the animals involved. For whatever reason, you are now asking the question: Why should animals have rights?” READ MORE

— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind