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Labchuk: If zoos didn’t already exist, we wouldn’t invent them

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Whether it’s the Ottawa-area Papanack Zoo, facing allegations of mistreatment of animals, the tiger-whipping Bowmanville Zoo re-opening under a new name or gorilla Harambe shot to death at the Cincinnati Zoo, the dark side of the zoo industry has seldom been more clearly illuminated.

We are getting a glimpse of the immense physical and psychological trauma animals experience while confined in zoos for human entertainment, and many of us now firmly believe their deprivation isn’t worth our fleeting pleasure at seeing them in the flesh.

Labchuk: If zoos didn’t already exist, we wouldn’t invent them

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