29 Jul '14, 12am

Why Would a Zoo Throw "After Hours" Parties That Hurt Animals?

@ Karen: "When I have gone into a butterfly enclosure, I have been very careful not to crush, hit or otherwise endanger the creatures living there." Well good for you. That's to be expected. My point is the public is just as likely to step on butterflies if they have access to them. Such up-close-and-personal exhibits are great because they are a big draw but they are always a hazard to the animals involved. Better supervision is what's needed. Also, I worked in the exhibits dept. at a major metropolitan zoo, so I've seen the public first hand. I've also been to some of the big fundraisers impugned by this article, and I can tell you the general public causes much more damage and stress to the animals (as well as zoo staff) than an occasional drunk at a fundraiser.

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