Does virtual reality technology have the potential to completely reinvent the way we will think of zoos in the near future? According to some groups, the inevitable advancements in technology will make the practice of zoological gardens exhibiting live animals in captivity obsolete. Carole Baskin, CEO and Founder of Big Cat Rescue, seems to also subscribe to that notion.
On Thursday, April 19th, Big Cat Rescue uploaded an 18-minute long video featuring Carole Baskin talking about her experiences surrounding the early days of her “sanctuary”. We’ll address the statements made regarding that subject at a later date. For now, the primary focus of this article will be on the ambitious plan aimed at changing to zoo industry that Baskin detailed in this video and previously touched upon a few months ago (skip to 3:43).
It’s perplexing seeing people supporting zoos while simultaneously defending and funding animal rights organizations hell-bent on shaping society to be against the very idea of zoos. We understand that many people are just completely unaware of those organization’s ulterior motives, although, animal rights organizations such as Big Cat Rescue make their agenda painfully obvious (see Facts Supporters of Zoos Should Know About Big Cat Rescue).
Carole Baskin’s statements in the video reveal her latest strategy intended to alter the operations of zoos while seeming to also get closer to the end goal of her anti-zoo agenda which involves "the closing of zoos." We took the liberty to transcribe Baskin’s plan of action so we can get a better understanding as to what she is trying to convey (emphasis added):
The idea Carole Baskin lays out in her video is problematic to say the least. Don’t get us wrong, we have zero problems with zoos choosing to implement virtual reality theaters as a replacement or addition to their big cat exhibits, however, what Baskin has in mind seems to stretch much farther than that.
Imagine for a second that Big Cat Rescue is successful in convincing zoos to replace their exotic cat exhibits with virtual reality theaters. Wouldn't that open the floodgates for other animal rights organizations to start pressuring zoos into replacing more of their animal exhibits? After all, Big Cat Rescue would've paved the way for them to do so.
We’re skeptical about the phasing out of animal exhibits in exchange for virtual reality theaters. Would people actually waste money on such a gimmick when they could just watch a documentary from the comfort of their home or purchase a virtual reality headset of their own?
If Carole Baskin is so confident in virtual reality exhibits then shouldn't she lead by example by no longer exhibiting her cats? Surely she plans on implementing the virtual reality exhibits at her own facility, right?