If you have kids then you know one of the top things that your other mom friends will ask you to do is go to the zoo. Well, that can get a little tricky if you don't go to the zoo. Not as in it's expensive or far away I don't go to the zoo. But in the I don't morally support the zoo kind of way. The I won't spend my money to support animals being kept small enclosures without their true needs being met kind of way. The, "Have you seen Blackfish?" kind of way.
It can get pretty uncomfortable... especially when you are the kind of person that will do just about anything to avoid any confrontation or intense conversation or debate. I usually politely decline or suggest another activity. I should stand up for my true beliefs but sometimes you just take the easy way out. "How about the splash pad?" is way easier than, "Let me explain why I won't pay to go see animals on antidepressants roam their desolate cages".
All of that intro is really because I have been so bothered by April the giraffe. The poor thing has been in labor FOR DAYS! Now, I know NOTHING about the labor and delivery process for giraffes. Nothing. But my heart does sink a little each time I scroll through Facebook and see the poor momma to be roaming that small box with no windows, trees, or anything but a little hay on the ground. Nothing to look at, no warm sun, no other giraffes, no where to go. They even let woman roam the hospital hallways when they are in labor, but not poor April. Just stuck.
It has turned into quite the debate in my house. I will just mention how I feel so bad for April the giraffe and my husband then reminds me that she is in labor and needs to be kept in that small box. Because he is obviously such a giraffe expert. The first time his response really surprised me, though. We agreed before the little guy was even born that we wouldn't take him to the zoo. We wouldn't support that type of treatment of animals and we would teach our children about animals in the wild. So why does the hubby think it's okay that she is being kept in that tiny, tiny space being filmed 24 hours a day? Shouldn't she be able to roam and eat and at least get her mind off of the labor? Everyone can have their own opinion. And when your husband doesn't share yours, you text your friend. Who tells you to blog about it. :)
The moral of this very long and scattered post is, I don't support caging wild animals for the entertainment of people. I do not think it's right. It makes me uncomfortable and it makes me sad. I don't think less of those who do not share my views, everyone can have their own opinion. But this weekend instead of going to the zoo, we will be headed to Willowbrook Wildlife Center. And you really should see Blackfish.