Thanks to Opalcat whose Live Journal mentioned this article.
From The Dallas Observer
Life in the food chain includes a stop at Dallas’ children’s zoo
By Charles Siderius • email@example.com
For the rest of this article (©2001 New Times) please go to: http://www.dallasobserver.com/issues/2001-02-15/news.html.
I don’t want to make a Pit thread out of this, but the article does lend itself to a debate:
Just how ethical is this? If it’s a natural part of the food chain, then why are we having kids pet them and look at them as no different than the kittens or puppies they might have at home? And if that’s not a problem, why is explaining to the kids that these little critters are going to feed those critters in the other cages so bad if that is natural?
Nutshell: Is the Zoo acting in an ethical manner here? If not, why, and what should they do to act in an ethical manner?
Note: If you on the whole find zoos in and of themself to be unethical, please refrain from hijacking this discussion about an individual zoo’s actions. That would be another whole thread, I think, and one I welcome you to start it if you feel strongly enough about it, but for the purpose of this discussion, we will assume that zoos are not inherently unethical.