episode 8/4 of the podcast Why the zoo?

Near a zoo, anti-captivity activists demonstrate their opposition to animal captivity. Visitors pass by, surprised and embarrassed. It is difficult to know what to think of animal confinement, and more broadly of the conditions of this confinement. This is the objective of this episode: to try to understand what may or may not be animal welfare at the zoo. Éric Baratay recalls the basis of this interrogation “Is the man the strongest? It’s a question that dates back 2,500 years and comes from the ancient Greek cities that set up this vision of life in the form of a pyramid with the human being at the very top.

The attacks of the “anti-zoos” are becoming more and more pressing. Visitors, confronted with the question of captivity, are not always proud to have come to see animals locked up. The zoos, meanwhile, are on the defensive and find countermeasures such as the fact that Elodie, head animal caretaker “It’s anthropomorphic to say happy or not happy. It’s a human term and it’s hard to apply it to animals. A lion dying of hunger or thirst in the wild, I can’t tell you s “he is happy or not. He has space but he is dying of thirst or hunger”.

But one thing is certain: the fate of their animals matters to them. And everything in the institution, from the training of animal caretakers to the teams of ethologists who have come to study behavior, through their official communication, everything converges towards this famous animal “well-being”. But how to define it? And who can say that animals are good or bad in captivity? A tremendously complex question, which worries a good number of researchers. Animal caretakers can provide some answers. They have valuable knowledge, that of being in contact with animals on a daily basis, that of being in contact with them. And they allow, through their resentments and their interpretation, to get closer to the issue of animal welfare in captivity.

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A documentary by Myriam Prevost realized by Anne Perez Franchini

This documentary first aired on 3/12/20




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