Tomorrow there is a traveling animal exhibit from The Bowmanville Zoo coming to the Kitchener memorial Auditorium (400 East Ave. Kichener, ON.) Shows are at 3:00 and 7:00pm, and K.O.A.L.A and GOAL will be demonstrating at 2:00 and 6:00pm. We have reason to belief that baboons, camels, horses and a panther will be used in the show.
We will be handing out leaflets, chanting, holding signage, and hopefully engaging in conversations with those attending.
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Browsing through the animal prison’s website, among several tabs they have one about the importance of zoos. Bownmanville tout’s,
There is a school of thought that says zoos should simply not exist, that animals should not be kept in captivity under any circumstances. We respectfully disagree. And if our animals could talk, so would they. The truth is our animals lead longer, healthier lives than their wild counterparts and we provide large, open areas for them to live and play.
I cannot even fathom the logic behind spreading misinformation about animals in confined-institutions living longer and healthier lives. This is a lie, but there is no platform to challenge this information. That is why demonstrations and providing accurate information is so important and essential to move in the right direction of ending these facilities.This sentiment shares the same origin as does the utilitarian perspective of animals. That is, if humans did not take control of every movement, noise, thought animals make, or create environments for them to exist in, they would be in complete chaos and unable to exist.
Well, to be honest, we have encroached, appropriated, and made the landscapes inhospitable but it is the fundamental principle that we are entitled to feel a ‘responsibility’ to provide and protect animals. Yet, we are the primary instigators -historically & presently- that are creating these hindrances. How about we move beyond ‘responsibility’ and prioritize accountability. This may seem tedious to some, but being accountable would require us to seriously look at the conditions of the animals lives under human “stewardship” and let it seep in just how horrible we treat animals. In addition, this would hold us accountable and require action and change.
I will post tomorrow about how everything goes, and more about the Bownmanville Zoo. Another think I want to point out that I found on the Bowmanville’s website is that hey have a first of its kind ‘curriculum’ to accommodate the learning levels for the demographics of the audience:
Meet our animal friends in this up-close, interactive live animal experience. We have created Canada’s first curriculum-based live animal presentation in conjunction with teachers and conservation specialists. We will educate and entertain your students with remarkable and fasting factbout animals from all over the world. This high energy show will have your students hopping out of their seats, slithering up to the front, and smiling from ear to ear.
For Grades 1 – 4, our presentation touches on subjects like the characteristics and needs of living things, growth in plants and animals, as well as basic information about habitats and communities.
The Grade 5 – 8 program discusses the diversity of living things, interactions within an ecosystem, and a comparison of the physiology of the animals we bring with our own.
We also offer an adult presentation geared to high school students and adults alike. This presentation discusses social behavior, adaptations, evolution, predator/prey relationships, and much more.
It is disturbing to read “living things” over and over again. For now, here is a video of a protest on the opening day in 2013. Alright, I am off to make my poster!
Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, 400 East Ave. Kitchener, ON