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While the Society of the Spectacle gears up for the “biggest fight of all time,” featuring renowned domestic abuser and misogynist, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, I’d like to remind folks of a much more important boxing match that took place on July 4, 1910. It featured black heavyweight champion Jack Johnson and white former champ, Jim Jeffries.
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Please allow me to introduce an excerpt from Derrick Jensen’s book Endgame in which Jensen tells of a discussion he had with a longtime activist.
“She told me of a campaign she participated in a few years ago to try to stop the government and transnational timber corporations from spraying Agent Orange, a potent defoliant and teratogen, in the forests of Oregon,” he writes.
All too predictably, the dedicated demonstrators assembled to protest the toxic spraying were, “like clockwork,” ignored by the helicopter pilots. Both humans and landscape ended up thoroughly doused with Agent Orange—time and time again. The protest campaign obviously had no effect, so a different approach was taken.
“A bunch of Vietnam vets lived in those hills,” the activist told Jensen, “and they sent messages to the Bureau of Land Management and to Weyerhauser, Boise Cascade, and the other timber companies saying, ‘We know the names of your helicopter pilots, and we know their addresses’
“You know what happened next?” she asked.
“I think I do,” Jensen responded.
“Exactly,” she said. “The spraying stopped.”
*Zoos are mostly focused on “cute babies” and ultimately create unwanted animals.
*They can reduce genetic diversity and do not contribute to increasing robust animal populations in the wild.
*They do little to nothing to seriously address the underlying causes of habitat loss and thereby let the perpetrators off the hook.
*Warehousing endangered species sends the frightening subliminal message that it’s acceptable to spend money to view animals in enclosures while, for example, forests are being clear cut to make way for doomed livestock — depriving many of those same animals the freedom to live in their own habitats.
*Captive breeding can create a false sense that the battle to save endangered species and habitats is being won.
*Animals are obviously not meant to live in captivity and, as a result, often display stress and/or psychological dysfunction and just as often, these animals are abused.
*Encountering animals in a zoo setting teaches the wrong lessons about how our eco-systems work. Wrong lessons only serve to sustain a system that should be dismantled.