Freedom is discussed among all but is that a notion that affects humans alone? What about the animals that we keep in cages or are kept captive at zoos so people can gawk at nature with all their safety intact?
This issue has been on my mind lately. My parent’s neighbors have bought love birds and a parrot. Six or so love birds are kept in a cage and the parrot has one for itself. The cages are too small. Especially the parrot’s. There is just enough room to flap its wings. They were meant to be free. To fly and see the world. All that has been taken away from them. Now they only have a caged life to look forward to. The poor thing just sits and cries all morning when they keep his cage in the balcony every morning while all the other free birds fly all around him.
The thought about us taking away freedom gained even more gravity when I saw these photos that my husband took the last day at a zoo in Gujarat.
He looks like a prisoner. The expression on his face really struck a chord. Comparing his state with the monkeys I saw in the national park, I can definitely say this is not how he should spent a life. They are given food and a shelter but this is not how they were to spent their life, is it?
The ones I saw at the national park were running around, playing and up to all kinds of “monkey business”. They were free – to climb trees, play, fight and do whatever they felt like doing. Now compare that to this poor guy’s fate.
Dogs,cats, farm animals have become domesticated. Can’t we be happy with only them at our homes? There is no need to own an exotic pet. Parrots and love birds are pretty common pets now. I think it should be stopped. You can take in birds and animals that need help but why buy ones and destine them to a life behind bars. I myself take in animals that need help but I train them to live on their own and they leave when it’s time. Unless we stop buying, the market for exotic pets is not going to end.
Some zoos have bigger enclosures and I respect that decision. At least they give the animals space to move around. Even if it isn’t freedom there is something akin to that.It’s a good thought to have zoos so that people get to connect with nature but it should not be at the cost of these poor creatures having to live out life in cages. Sanctuaries and wild life parks are always the better option compared to zoos.
People need to understand the fact that they are taking away freedom of a living thing and that they have a right to live a life doing whatever they wish, just like us. Spread the word and please try to stop people from buying animals that aren’t meant to be domesticated.
Do share your thoughts.