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  1. This is all very depressing. It really is. It just looks like all will eventually be extinct, both captive and wild. It’s a tragedy words cannot begin to describe. Words are human. It really makes us look incredibly incompetent. Our abilities go to destroying our own habitat. Sometimes I just think that for whatever is lost and whatever gained, if humans could become extinct without taking the whole planet with them, it would be the one last helpful thing we could do to begin to say sorry. Then species would live without humans on earth.

    • Sorry Marc, if I upset you. I wrote this article pretty much off he cuff except for the quotes because I learned about captive wild cats from the guys who keep them captive and they say how bad it is. This is not me but the experts. The public, by and large, have no idea about the gradual extinction of wild cats in the wild nor about the hopelessness of keeping wild cats in zoos. Total human failure, almost. There is no doubt the planet would be far healthier and have a much brighter future if homo sapiens became extinct asap.

      • Michael, no need to apologise, actually I learn’t something here which is that even in captivity it is a disaster.
        I was once in Guatemala and I thought it was very interesting that their currency was named after a bird which is a national symbol called the Quetzal. It has a beautiful long tail and to the Guatemalans it represents freedom. They told me that no Quetzal has ever survived in captivity and therefore there is no way for the bird to be owned or kept and that is why it represents freedom to them. Perhaps the same is true of many or all other animals if you consider their survival over a long period of time. It is very sad indeed. What is the meaning of the word hope in a hopeless world – are we just keeping hope alive. Hope sometimes just seems like a depressing word to me, a desperate one which exists in the face of total failure. Sorry to be such a moaner. I’m not a big pessimist but by gosh its hard sometimes. Maybe there is some other meaning here like that the world is simply changing and with change comes loss and gain. That sounds a bit optimistic when you can only feel terrible loss and little or no gain though.

  2. Hi Michael,

    Thanx for mentioning that I discovered the news story link. You have a knack for uncovering issues in stories like this one and I’m glad you created this post.

    I feel much as you do and while I like animal sanctuaries, I abhor the idea of zoos.

    Yeah, animals stuck in small places behind bars, inbreeding, human gawking. Yucky situation for the animals and very upsetting for me.

    Goofing around with breeding isn’t the proper solution. Cleaning up the mess we’ve made of the environment and not hogging the resources as well as the space on the planet is a good start in the right direction.

    I’m with you.

    =^..^= Hairless Cat Girl =^..^=

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