One of Britain's most famous zoo owners is now saying that the government should help to abolish all zoos. Damian Aspinall wants the zoo industry to be phased out during the next 20-30 years.
“We’ve played God once when we took animals out of the forest for zoos, so surely we can play God again and try to get some of these animals home,” Aspinall said.
Aspinall, 53, said much of the money spent on housing the animals could be better used to help breed endangered species.
The Aspinall Foundation, founded by his Aspinall's late father John, has just returned nine gorillas to the jungle in The Gabon, a moment he described as “beautiful,” The Inquisitr reported.
“[The gorillas] just walked into the forest and started exploring,” he said. “If you’re a true conservationist and you truly believe in nature, the ultimate goal is you don’t need zoos. They always throw education back at you though, but that’s total and utter nonsense.”
He added: “Zoos are stuck in a trap because they need to get the public in because otherwise they will go bust. And the only way they can get the public in is because the public is simply addicted to animal shows — they demand to see animals on display. But truthfully, if zoos did what was best for the animals — not what’s best for the public — they would be very different places.”
Aspinall sounds serious about wanting things to change.
“I absolutely feel sick in my stomach that zoos do animal shows," he said. "I come from a point of view where no animal should be here to entertain us. We’re supposed to be the intelligent species; surely we’re above having animals entertain our children. What we’re doing is culturalizing [sic] our children to say it’s OK that man is the dominant species. It’s just wrong. We need to de-culturalize [sic] the public and phase zoos out. There’s role for government in this.”