Gorilla death at Cincinnati Zoo puts debate over captive creatures in stark relief

Some advocates see events like “Blackfish” as signs that zoos need to rethink captivity. In March 2014, the Scientific American editorial board called for an end to captive elephant and orca whale breeding, citing the animals’ immense sizes, need for large swathes of habitat and their intelligence.

“We have to change direction, hit the brakes,” Ed Stewart, a founder of the Performing Animals Welfare Society, told the Christian Science Monitor. “We need to change the way we’re doing things.”[…]

Source: Gorilla death at Cincinnati Zoo puts debate over captive creatures in stark relief – The Washington Post

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