• I refer to Mark Keenan's article of May 30, 2012.
As part of the animal-rights community I was shocked to read that Dublin Zoo now has the approval of rights groups.
Such a statement is totally contradictory and flawed from an animal-rights standpoint. We believe that holding any animal captive for human entertainment is unethical and cannot be justified. Keeping animals in zoos sends a damaging message to the general public, and particularly to children, by the implication that animals can be maintained in captivity to satisfy our own curiosity, despite the animal gaining no benefit from the practice.