Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell. Edward Abbey

11 September 2006

100 years ago we kept a man in the Bronx Zoo

Are things any different today when we keep some of the world's most magnifent animals in zoos?

One hundred years ago, on September 8th, 1906, the Bronx Zoo in New York unveiled a new exhibit that would attract thousands of visitors to come and marvel. Inside a cage, in the monkey house, was a man. His name was Ota Benga. He was 22 years old, a member of the Batwa people, pygmies who lived in what was then the Belgian Congo.

Hear the story of Ota Benga on the web:
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I wonder what our children 100 years from now will say about how we treat animals in zoos, animal parks and factory farms?

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