The Economist's Apprentice

In which a little girl confronts the world and battles the anti-humans.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Do They Belong in a Zoo?


From the WSJ Opinion Journal.

The London Zoo added a new exhibit last week. Joining the Oriental small-clawed otter and the moon jellyfish were three male and five female Homo sapiens who came not to gaze but to be gazed upon. From Friday, Aug. 26, to this past Monday, they inhabited an enclosure next to their primate relatives. "A lot of people think humans are above other animals," noted one of the species. "[This] kind of reminds us that we're not that special." (Which leads one to wonder how many of the zoo's other inhabitants were interviewed.)

To state that a given ethnic group isn't above the animals is horrible. Unfortunately, stating that humans collectively aren't above the animals seems to be very acceptable.