By Michael Robison for Protect The Harvest
There is a war within the ranks of those who stand for the good of animals, specifically the most endangered and prized animals that have become the icons of zoos, movies, and non-profits worldwide.
Before we expose the plight of this alleged war, let’s talk about what got us to this point.
For the last few decades, there has been a growing concern among many people about using animals in entertainment, enjoyment, and academics.
If you’re older than 35, like me, you might remember the days of seeing animals such as chimpanzees, tigers, capuchin monkeys, and parrots in movies, on television, and in live entertainment. Maybe you remember growing up and watching Jack Hannah appear on late-night television or a morning show with a tiger cub, a small bear, snakes, and the like. Those very appearances by animals inspired me to focus my energy and work on caring for animals.
From an early age, I have been hands-on with animals of all kinds. In kindergarten, I was the kid who brought home the class pet on the weekends or for the summer to provide proper care. By high school, I was rescuing exotic birds and local wildlife like deer and squirrels and working as a veterinary assistant. I even started the journey toward being a veterinary student, but life took a different route.
I spent twenty years as an entrepreneur, business owner, and leader of a large non-