In the early morning hours of January 1, 2020, the world received a devastating message: The monkey house in Krefeld had burned to the ground due to the stupidity and sense of tradition of normal, good people and the ignorance of those responsible. The monkeys imprisoned in it, some for decades, were killed. Immediately the guilty party is searched for, who can also be found quickly or gave themselves found. This is then celebrated as a sign of courage and one or the other may have a little pity for the three women, because they didn’t want that. So much for the facts. But are these three women really the culprits, or shouldn’t they widen their field of vision a little to see the true extent that led to this inferno? Then you quickly come to a social responsibility that goes far beyond individual responsibility.
The question arises why these monkeys are behind bars. It is people’s curiosity that makes them pay to gawk at sensitive, highly intelligent, social and autonomous creatures. A leisure program item among many others. And it has to be a great experience to look at a prisoner, wrested from his family and the natural environment, who can do nothing but do the same forever in the small space that he is offered. It’s like gazing at psychiatric patients. „He doesn’t do anything,“ I hear a child moan, „It’s boring.“ And what exactly should he do? Make the monkey for the audience? The only difference is that people go back to their normal lives because they have freedom of movement and can choose to live their lives according to their needs. The animals in the zoo have to stay, crammed into a social structure that was created by random selection, without the possibility of making a decision, staring at people who hope that who knows what, maybe only that time will pass without a chance to escape. Let’s take the example of the Massa gorilla, the oldest inmate of the Krefeld prison. He was born in 1971, somewhere in the African wilderness. In 1975, at the age of four, he was snatched from his family and sold to the Krefeld Zoo, where he was locked up for 44 years in the so-called „Tropical-House“, a completely enclosed concrete bunker without an outside facility. In the fire on 01/01/2020, he was burned alive without ever having a chance. Just like 29 of his fellow prisoners.
People are shocked and horrified. Cope. The reports go through the press and everyone shows sympathy. Vigils are held and the pictures of those affected are published. They are given a face. They had a name. 30 victims are relatively manageable and do not overexert people’s limited ability to empathize. The next breath is said to rebuild the prison and to fill it with new inmates. A call for donations is issued. But what are these donations used for? Of course, also to rebuild the building. But primarily for paying pet dealers to take these creatures out of their natural environment, their family groups, so that they can spend their lives in captivity. That means domestic zoos are funding illegal hunts for free animals to claim that we have to protect them from these hunts. The wilderness is far more dangerous and the zoo is the only refuge where you still have a chance. In addition, their living space is gradually being destroyed. So everywhere we have to save these and many other animals from the machinations of humans. If those facilities – and zoos weren’t the only ones – stopped paying hunters, they would have to look for another field of employment. This means that people are paid for causing suffering to our fellow creatures, on the pretext that they want to protect these living beings from precisely these people. And the crowd applauds.
However, if you really want to protect living beings in freedom, you do not support the prisons, but the institutions that actually work to protect them, such as the Jane Goodall Foundation, the Great Ape Project and the like. This is real animal and environmental protection on site and not pure showmanship to make money. At the expense of the animals. Then it will no longer be necessary to mourn captive monkeys.
In addition, there were and are fires somewhere in stables every day. Not 30, but thousands of animals die. Where’s the outcry? Where are the vigils?
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