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Chris Packham subject of TV documentary on 17 October

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Aeolienne

The bit about him being in a relationship with a zookeeper surprised me a bit, because I'd seen him quoted in press releases by the Captive Animals Protection Society (who are anti-zoos). Then again, just because he gives them the odd soundbite doesn't mean he buys into their entire philosophy. It's a bit like Martina Navratilova lending her support to PeTA's anti-fur campaign whilst turning a blind eye to their blanket opposition to animal experimentation ("Even if it led to a cure for Aids, we'd still be against it").

Here's a rather provocative piece by Chris in his capacity as a zookeeper's significant other: Why killing Marius the giraffe was justified - even though it's a PR disaster

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Sanctuary

I don't think the headline does Chris Packham any favours as he seems merely to be saying that animals in general sometimes need to be euthanised - not that he thought it was unavoidable in this case. He also states in the article that animals in zoos can be seen as "animal ambassadors" and I suppose someone can be critical of zoos in general but still feel they have a role in educating the public about animals. It's true that on many issues there may appear to be inconsistencies or possible anomalies in people's views. e.g. someone who campaigns for animal welfare but eats meat or supports animal experimentation. Even among vegetarians and vegans there can be question marks about their views on certain animal issues. Sometimes the inconsistencies arise from lack of knowledge, sometimes changing on other issues seems too difficult for some people. I don't eat meat and am a big supporter of animal rights and welfare but I would far rather appreciate any steps someone can make to promoting the better treatment of animals than expect them to change on every issue. On this and many other issues there can be apparent inconsistencies in attitudes and behaviour - an entirely "pure" or consistent policy is rarely possible. Moving in the right direction is something to be applauded even if the ultimate destination may never be reached (and may not even be a desirable place.)

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Gone away

Quote from the article ...

'The principal role of zoo animals, I feel, is as ambassadors for nature's wild masterpieces, as tools for education and public engagement, to teach people about the need for conservation and to motivate them to be concerned about the plight of animals in the wild.

I have never seen any evidence of that at all....ever. 
I think they are horrendous places personally and therefore can't support them

 

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Aeolienne

Congratulations to Chris for being recognised in the New Year's Honours list!
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Asgardian
On 1/4/2019 at 2:10 PM, Aeolienne said:

Congratulations to Chris for being recognised in the New Year's Honours list!
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It is nice to see someone on the autistic spectrum being recognised for what they do. 

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