I once visited the Seattle Zoo I had been many times to the San Diego zoo which is everything people say it is, Vast humane and accessible. I loved going there. But my last visit to a Zoo was in Seattle. For some reason the minute I had the gate the gate hit me. I was no longer visiting a zoo. I was witnessing the imprisonment of all life on earth. The future was no longer mine. The bars, motes and glass that separated us, in separating they imprisoned us all. "If one of us is in chains..." Hasn't left me since. We do not have the right. We did not create this world and we do not hold the deed. We are but one of millions of species all of which can claim as much right to be here as we have. None of which are actively involved it the destruction of the ecology we use to share with what I would describe as a loving grace. Early man understood that he walked this world having in no way earned a place here. They felt the blood debt with every life they took. They sought forgiveness both from the slain animal and the one that created it. They wanted the heavens to know that they did so only out of need and in keeping with all the predators of the Earth. So I don't go to the zoo anymore. I can't stand the humiliation to be found by imprisoning the innocent to serve our desires. We have lost the right to walk among the animals when we decided they were here solely to serve us rather than the one who created them.