Peter is an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer with over 50 years of work within zoos.
Is ZooNews Digest Pro or Anti Zoo?
There is rarely a week passes that the aims of ZooNews Digest are not questioned by somebody. "Are you for or against zoos?" This is usually as a result of a news article, with or without comment, that has been posted on the ZooNews Digest Facebook Page. Such queries are never directed towards the Blog or the Mail Out. If readers of Facebook were to check through and read through a dozen or so articles it should become obvious that the raison d'être for the Page is to post articles which would be of interest to zoo professionals the world over. The Facebook page has over 129,300 followers. It largely ignores 'ordinary' births and deaths unless of huge significance and avoids 'cutey' stories. This is not the good news it is also the bad news. This isn't the news items for the masses but is for professional zoo staff and keep them updated and informed. Unless otherwise stated ZooNews Digest does NOT write the articles but just posts their titles and the hyperlink. If you have a problem with that don't make a fool of yourself criticising the Digest... take it up with the newspaper concerned. The Digest is not paid for this, it is not my job to check facts. Much of what appears on the internet is rubbish.
ZooNews Digest was born out of discussions between professional zoo staff during tea and lunch breaks in the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, 2000's, 2020;s and continuing today. These are the news items we would discuss, debate and argue over.
Disagreeing is as important as agreeing if it causes thinking.
If you violently disagree with an article which has been posted then why not write to the newspaper that covered the story?
ZooNews Digest is 100% against the Animal Rights Lobby in all its guises but recognises that sometimes, just sometimes they make valid points. The pity is it should be the Good Professional zoos that are picking up on these and taking action.
The answer is BOTH!
ZooNews Digest is Pro Good Zoo. That is zoos which stick to the Five Freedoms and actively participate in genuine established Breeding Programmes and Conservation activities. Sadly, very sadly, the Good Zoos are vastly outnumbered by Bad Zoos.
The Digest, and myself who pulls it together, is against bad dysfunctional zoos. ZooNews Digest is also against bad practices in some Good Zoos.
You are going to disagree
You are going to disagree with some of my comments... of course you are. Your life experiences and background are different to mine and, I freely admit it...I am opinionated.
However I appreciate that everyone will have an opinion too but, at the same time, I too have the right not to agree with it. That's life.
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FlourishAnyway from USA on January 10, 2016:
I've never read the publication but thanks for the heads up.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 04, 2016:
Thanks for sharing the information, Peter. I'll take a look at the Facebook page.
The Logician from then to now on on January 04, 2016:
Zoo Digest! Never read it, thanks for the tip, it is of interest.