Should States Fund Zoos and Aquariums?
Before you say you're sure about how you feel about this issue, watch the video made by the Wildlife Conservation Society which is the first item on the left column/bar.
This is sort of an unfair juxtaposition of question and video, as I don't think states should fund zoos and aquariums, period. But this particular situation is that the State of New York has already promised funds, and the zoos, aquariums and gardens who have been granted those funds have probably already spent it or much of it (that's how nonprofits work), they are now left to scramble for funds. People are being laid off or their hours are being cut. No one has admitted to cutting any corners with animals, but I can't imagine that not happening at some point.
What are your thoughts about this?
Though educating people and helping them understand the issues (i.e., domination, captivity, control over reproduction, separation of family members, etc…) so that they don't patronize businesses that exploit animals is certainly an important strategy, what about policy?
If legislators are initiating their exit from the animal exploitation business, is there a way to capitalize on this moment and expand it into a trend?
I'm not for privatization across the board, but I certainly don't think that states should fund zoos. And though I'm obviously aware that our tax dollars on a federal level go to industries that torture animals, could state dollars be a low-hanging fruit issue? Is this some kind of opportunity in disguise?