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Is ZooNews Digest Pro Zoo or Anti Zoo
Is ZooNews Digest Pro or Anti Zoo?
There is rarely a week passes that the aims of ZooNews Digest are not questioned by somebody. "Are you for or against zoos?" This is usually as a result of a news article, with or without comment, that has been posted on the ZooNews Digest Facebook Page. Such queries are never directed towards the Blog or the Mail Out. If readers of Facebook were to check through and read through a dozen or so articles it should become obvious that the raison d'être for the Page is to post articles which would be of interest to zoo professionals the world over. The Facebook page has over 61,000 followers. It largely ignores 'ordinary' births and deaths unless of huge significance and avoids 'cutey' stories. This isn't the news items for the masses but is for zoo staff.
ZooNews Digest was born out of discussions between professional zoo staff during tea and lunch breaks in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's and continuing today. These are the news items we would discuss, debate and argue over.
The answer is BOTH!
ZooNews Digest is Pro Good Zoo. That is zoos which stick to the Five Freedoms and actively participate in genuine established Breeding Programmes and Conservation activities. Sadly, very sadly, the Good Zoos are vastly outnumbered by Bad Zoos.
The Digest, and myself who pulls it together, is against bad dysfunctional zoos. ZooNews Digest is also against bad practices in some Good Zoos.
You are going to disagree
You are going to disagree with some of my comments... of course you are. Your life experiences and background are different to mine and, I freely admit it...I am opinionated.
However I appreciate that everyone will have an opinion too but, at the same time, I too have the right not to agree with it. That's life.