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ZOO SIGN & THE ANIMALS

Zoo Sign Inadvertently Reveals Much About Our Relationships With Animals

August 6, 2001

Have you ever seen one of these self-consciously amusing signs posted where there are animals on display?

PLEASE DO NOT
Abuse, aggravate, agitate, alarm, anger, annoy, badger, beset, bother, bullyrag, disquiet, distress, disturb, exasperate, fluster, frighten, frustrate, goad, harass, harm, harry, hassle, heckle, hound, hurt, intimidate, irritate, jeer, maltreat, molest, nettle, persecute, perturb, pester, plague, provoke, rattle, ruffle, scare, shock, tantalize, tease, torment, torture, tousle, upset, vex or worry
THE ANIMALS.

While the sign is probably meant to be a bit tongue-in-cheek, I took a moment and thought about each admonition.  Even without having been a pet owner, I can readily imagine the applicability of each of those verbs to a non-human creature; in other words, animals can experience all of these emotions.

Go back and read the sign again.  Isn't what I just wrote true?

How can some people maintain that animals are some sort of automatons, which we should feel free to imprison, experiment on or kill for food as we see fit?

This was a selection from The Daily Diatribe

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