Okay, so I'm reaching out to my fellow veggies because I'm hoping you all will understand. My husband and I got into a bit of a debate last night because we were talking about when we have kids. I am open to the idea of raising them to eat meat and allowing them to make their own decisions as long as they are equally exposed to a vegetarian lifestyle. This, however, led into the debate as to whether or not we will take our kids to zoos.
For me, I will sooner throw my money down the toilet and flush it before I would ever step foot in a zoo. I think they're inhumane, and they cost 50 x's more per animal to maintain than if they were in a reservation. My husbamd, however, has different ideas. He wants our kids to be exposed to animals and have the ability to see them and/or pet them because they wouldn't otherwise be able to if they lived in their natural habitats (isn't that the point?!). Too me, zoos are just as bad as circuses with animals, and he knows how passionately I am against the existence of zoos. I'm pretty sure my children will survuve their childhood unscarred without visiting a zoo. I want my kids to grow up with a respect for animals, especially those which should exist in the wild. I want them to be raised understanding why it's important that we don't contribute to those things.
Isn't the future compromise of raising my kids half omnivore, half vegetarian enough? The zoo issue isn't really something we can meet halfway on, unfortunately. It's either they go or they don't. The idea of money and time being contributed to zoos makes me sick, especially coming from my own family...