Modern zoos are no longer any places that keep a few animals for people to go and look at. They are scientifically run and govern mentally regulated institutions, which have a significant role to play in our relationship with the natural world.
American zoos are visited each year by more than a hundred million people, a number that exceeds the combined attendance of all big league baseball, football, and basketball games. We need zoos to connect people with endangered animals, to help them understand these problems and to inspire the need for protection.
Zoo : An excellent lace to study the habits of human beings. A zoo is a good place to make a spectacle of yourself, as the surrounding people have creepier, more photogenic things to look at.
Zoos are becoming facsimiles or perhaps caricatures of how animals once were in their natural habitat. Peter De Vries You must be a registered user to use this feature.
Zoos argue that they are fighting for the conservation of the Earth, that they educate the public and provide refuge and support for vanishing species. Animal-rights groups argue that zoos traffic in living creatures, exploiting them for financial gain and amusement.
Lowry Park’s very existence declared our presumption of supremacy, the ancient belief that we have been granted dominion over other creatures and have the right to do with them as we please. The zoo was a living catalog of our fears and obsessions, the ways we see animals and see ourselves, all the things we prefer not to see at all.
“For several thousand years man has been in contact with animals whose character and habits have been deformed by domestication. He will flatter himself at times on the grasp of animal psychology which has brought him the love of the dog and the purr of the cat; and on the strength of such assumptions he approaches the beasts of the jungle.
'Animals in the wild lead lives of compulsion and necessity within an unforgiving social hierarchy in an environment where the supply of fear is high and the supply of food low and where territory must constantly be defended and parasites forever endured. For Pi, then, it does not make sense to speak of freedom in a context where most animals are lower on the food chain and spend their days being hunted and avoiding various forms of disease.
It is only a confused notion of freedom that some humans have that leads them to see the animals' lives as being less constrained in the wild. Nonetheless, Pi is making the case that good zoos provide both the protection and the illusion of freedom that maximize an animal's chance at leading a happy life.
In Pi's view, though, it is only through incorporating God as a sort of divine zookeeper that people are actually able to experience the protection and boundaries that enable true freedom. These thoughts stay on Pi's mind throughout his ordeal at sea and afterwards, and are explored extensively through his relationship with the tiger, Richard Parker.
The Life of Pi deals with themes about animals and zoos as well as the way people understand and interact with both. Pi's background with his family's zoo informs his thoughts on these themes, and he makes the case that zoos are good for animals in the same way that religion is good for mankind, and it is only man's misunderstanding of freedom that confuses him on this issue.
'The Life of Pi' explores themes such as the nature of animals and shifting opinions that people have about zoos. This lesson looks at some key quotes that deal with these themes and analyzes them in the broader context of the book.
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