Friday, December 28, 2007

Aesthetics vs. Safety.

It has finally been released that the enclosure wall of the tiger that killed one boy and injured 2 more.................... WAS 12 FEET HIGH! Not the 16 to 18 feet the zoo officials quoted when the tragedy occurred. That's a full 4 feet below industry standards. Now the zoo officials are saying that the Cat enclosure building was built back in 1940 and that standards were not as strict then as they are now. That's all well and good, but how does that explain the fact that the zoo was inspected by the same entity who accredits all zoos 3 years ago and it passed inspection? No one took the time to get a tape measure and actually checked the exhibits? What about all the rest of the exhibits? And I am not just talking the big cat enclosures, this is also a safety concern on the animal side as well. Zoos invest quite a bit of money in the animals they care for. It is for posterity's sake as much as for education. The fact that they don't get routinely checked for safety frightens me. At the Memphis zoo, the walls were high, but the walls were also topped with electric wires that would give a small shock to both animals and PEOPLE who strayed too far over the line either way. I am glad they were wrong about the kids dangling their feet at the tiger. Like I said before, who gets up in the morning and says, "I'm gonna piss off a tiger today.". It seems to me that the zoo was too quick to say that it was the kids fault. It smacked of spin doctoring and seemed to me like a small child who is caught doing something wrong first, then whines at the top of their lungs, "I didn't DO it!" It has also been released that the families of the victims are more than likely going to sue the zoo for wrongful death and bodily injury. This is going to deal a terrible blow to the zoo, financially speaking. Most zoos depend on donations and fund raisers to get by, along with admission revenue. This will take a huge chunk out of their funds. The trickle down effect will probably be higher admissions prices and prices inside the zoo at vending places. This means there will be fewer visitors because the less affluent will not be able to afford to get in, those that can afford the admission price won't be able to buy the products for sale as souvenirs inside of the zoo, and many will just be wary of going all together. And this feeling of unease won't just be at the S.F. zoo, it will probably spread to all the zoos with officials spending hard earned money making the public feel safe and sound even though nothing has ever happened at their establishment. This will have changed the face of the zooilogical society forever.


Upset Waitress said...

poor families, poor zo, poor tiger. :) Screw this crap..I'm reading your recent post ASAP. It's juicy!

Blondefabulous said...