Letter From Jenny Moxham - Perhaps we know how zoo animals now feel

Letter as published on Australia's Queensland Times
April 1 2020

It's been suggested that we keep kids occupied during COVID-19 self-isolation by letting them watch virtual footage from zoos.

But this time of self isolation might also be a fitting time to reflect on the fact that, for no good reason, zoo animals are compelled to spend their entire lifetime in self isolation.

They can never leave their compounds or roam freely. They can never live with their herd or flock and do the things they would normally do in their natural environment.

How would we feel if self isolation was made permanent for us?

Iím sure we wouldnít enjoy it and Iím sure they donít either.

Jenny Moxham, Victoria

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