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Attempts to defend amusement parks and circuses on the grounds that they 'educate' people about animals should not be taken seriously. Such enterprises are part of the commercial entertainment industry. The most important lesson they teach impressionable young minds is that it is acceptable to keep animals in captivity for human amusement.
It was wrong to capture wild animals and confine them in captivity for people to go and gawk at them. And that's basically how zoos got started. But once you do that, and once you have animals that have been bred in captivity, you're really stuck with them in some sense. You can't return them to the wild.
Federal legislation is urgently needed to stop this insanity of wild animals in captivity.
I've always had a repulsion going in a place where animals are in captivity.
After being in captivity for so long, I can't begin to describe how wonderful it feels to be home in Canada.