Thank you for your eloquent and insightful piece. I have protested all forms of animal incarceration – the circus, rodeo, racing - since when an animal is used, it’s more likely, abused. Agitated orcas, rocking and ultimately rampaging elephants, or for that matter, any "beast" that suddenly “turns on” its “trainer” is merely rebelling against protracted suffering and unnatural confinement. If, as you observe, the Internet could so readily disseminate public awareness of this tragedy, why then can’t this very medium be substituted to project the natural images and lifestyle of these animals for childrens’ amusement or education? In the 19th century, this exhibitionism brought an exotic wildlife world to the untraveled, untutored masses. Now the virtual world should ethically supplant this industry and permit humane eduction through viewing these creatures in their habitat for everyone's greater good. Many thanks.
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