You may have read about the impact the lockdown took on our zoos from a financial standpoint during Covid lockdowns. They depend heavily on ticket revenue from their steady stream of visitors for daily operating expenses - which in some zoos can be over $50,000 worth of food a day. But what about the effect this had on the animals from an emotional standpoint, many of whom rely on human interaction for their happiness?
Rudolf Steiner spoke often of our relationship to animals and the responsibility we have towards redeeming their suffering. He said that much of this suffering comes from our loss of kinship with the animal realm. Many believe this separation has come about due to our capacity to think and reason, placing us in a more evolved plane than the animals. But Steiner stressed this is not at all the case. Humans are further along in our development because of our limbs, not our minds, and our ability to DO in the world all of the activities of nature, which are united within us. When we come to this realization, we are able (through our thinking) to feel and do acts of love for the animal world to alleviate their suffering.
Enjoy the video below 0f a pianist in Cologne Germany, who, sensitive to the suffering of the lonely zoo animals in their local zoo, composed and performed a musical piece just for them. The video is their reaction.
When all the trees have been cut down, when all the animals have been hunted, when all the waters are polluted, when all the air is unsafe to breathe, only then will you discover you cannot eat money. ~ Cree Prophecy