The Institute for Ethics and Emergency Technologies recently did an non-scientific online poll related to “intelligent” animals in zoos. Respondents were asked to respond to the following question: “Should apes (chimps, gorillas, bonobos) and dolphins be liberated from zoos?” Five answers were possible.
While 33 percent thought that apes and dolphins in zoos should be rehabilitated and returned to the wild, 17 percent seemed to discount the ethical issues and felt that zoos help educate the public about the needs of apes and dolphins.
I personally voted for “Apes and dolphins currently in zoos should stay, but no more should be gathered from the wild.” Having seen great apes in the wild, I hate to see them removed. But I realize that they’re losing their habitat and something needs to be done to protect the species.
It should be noted that only 126 responded to the online survey. So, IEET is dealing with small non-scientific sample. Additionally, the people who visit the IEET site are largely transhumanists and technoprogessives (uber-technologists). So the sample is extremely stratified.