In-Class Blog Questions

  1. What future would you like to see for the Alberta Tar Sands Project?

I believe the Alberta Tar Sands Project should stop the development entirely. Although this would be ideal, I think it is reasonable if there is a transition period, where the Tar Sands continue with some modifications. These modifications can be decreasing the size of the Tar Sands extraction location, which is greater than the UK island. Decreasing the amount extracted, and having policies on the distance they have to be regarding the rivers leading to indigenous towns.


2. Consider your food system : What do you like about it? What do you dislike about it? Consider taste, nutrition, cost, equity, and environmental.

What I like about my food system :

I like tomatoes grown in my family’s garden, fresh basil and mint also grown in my family’s garden, locally grown squash, cucumbers, carrots, beets and zucchini. I like manitoba pickerel that a family friend sells us. I like berries picked in the forest close to my cabin. I like naturally raised chicken my family buys from a farm close to Winnipeg. I like how my family has decreased the amount of meat we intake, and when we do, it is usually local meat. I also like how my family composts all fruits, veggies, egg shells, etc. Therefore having little food waste.


What I dislike about my food system :

Being a university student, it is difficult to afford these local organic foods, and it is sometimes easier to eat cheaper food that is easily accessible during busy study times. It is also difficult to find local fruits and vegetables during the winter season in Winnipeg, which means buying imported fruits and vegetables is usually the only choice. Also, cost is also in the question when buying meat. My family and I try to buy all local meat, but sometimes it is just easier to buy meat from the supermarket that is not naturally raised because it is more affordable. It is much more nutritious to be eating locally grown foods, and home cooked meals. With that being said and being a university student, it is not the most doable option because of busy schedules and going out to eat with friends.


3. What role, if any, should zoos play in conservation/education?

Zoos should be playing a lead role in conservation/education regarding wildlife. Having all these different species in showcase to the public, it is important to have the public gain knowledge on those different wildlife species. The patrons coming to the zoo should not leave the zoo with only the experience of seeing those animals, but they should also leave with a broader understanding of the wildlife species in the zoo. These facilities should also have a big role in educating the public on conservation because in the long run, wildlife and conservation go hand-in-hand. One cannot succeed without the other.


4. Is it ethical to keep animals in zoos? If so, what size/type of animal or zoo?

I believe it is not ethical to keep animals in zoos whether they are big or small. I do believe that for rehabilitation purposes, animals can be kept in a zoo or rehabilitation/conservation centre for a short period of time before being let out in the wild again. By understanding the fact that zoos will keep existing for a long time, the size of the enclosure of animals should be more accurate. For example, polar bears are used to travelling on average 30 km a day in the arctic. If the facility cannot reach those measures of enclosures, I believe they should not be allowed to keep the polar bears for long periods of time. If a polar bear’s health is in danger and needs medical assistance and rehabilitation, it is ethical to keep the bear until he is ready to go out in the wild again. For smaller animals, such as bats, I think facilities should adhere to the same measures. For rehabilitation purposes and medical purposes, it is ethical to keep the small animals only for a short period of time, enough for a full recovery.


5. Do you enjoy visiting zoos?

I do enjoy visiting zoos when they have proper measures of enclosures. I do not like visiting zoos where exotic animals such as elephants and giraffes are held because they are not acclimatized to canadian weather. Also because they do not have the same native plant species, and terrain they would in the wild. It is very sad to see, and it usually leads to early death in those animals.


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