Thursday’s “Getting to know you” photo featured the two new giraffes at the Henry Vilas Zoo.
It is obvious giraffes have evolved over time into the consummate walking animal. And even the most casual observer probably knows they are native to hot climates.
Keeping these animals in the confines of a small paddock and in a small room over the coldest months denies them the opportunity to behave normal. It is inhumane. It is like keeping a condor in a cage or a blue whale in a swimming pool.
The Henry Vilas Zoo is an inappropriate place for giraffes. Before acquiring any new animals, the zoo has an unavoidable moral responsibility to improve the conditions for the animals it already has.
— Rick Bogle, Madison, co-executive director, Alliance for Animals