(yes, I know that is not a Yoda quote :)). I can think of a lot of 20/20 solutions... My hope is that the zoo people really know their animals and made the best decision with the information they had.
10 ups, 6y,
Personally I am ok with the outcome (and I am huge animal lover) but I think the parents are idiots and should have to pay the zoo for the loss of the gorilla because it was their negligence that led to the killing of it.
Someone asked me after I read the first article what I though. I instantly replied that they should have shot the parent instead of the gorilla. As the days have gone by, I have evaluated my own parenting, and there are a dozen times I have lost sight of my kids. I personally think there are too many people in too high of a concentration, but there is no real solution for that with current trends in materialism, and lack of ability to live off the land. Probably why more millenials are living with their parents.
5 ups, 6y,
Zoos are animal prisons for animals that did nothing wrong.
If they help to make people more aware of animals and enlighten them to the endangered species, helping them etc That would be great but I don't think they do that too well. Maybe they do but I don't see it. People at zoos (when I have gone, which is rare) look at the animals, laugh at them, point, and walk to the next one. I don't see real engagement/education much.
I would argue that classrooms are propaganda to convince us that we are not in a prison. We have a better illusion because we have a, "choice" to leave our cage, to get into a rolling cage, then work in another cage. To further this analogy, how many people wait in their rolling cage to go to another cage where they can run on a hamster wheel. In prison, people get 3 square meals, daily hot showers, and 1 hour of rec, and access to healthcare. Most of our senior citizens don't have it that good.