Naked exploitation or imaginary freedom

Seeing a room-sized snake’s prison, decorated beautifully to look like a natural environment, Renata Peters said, “Look at that fake, imaginary freedom painted on the walls.” It isn’t for the snake; it’s to make us feel better about caging them.

That’s how it is for nonhuman animals. It’s either naked exploitation or imaginary freedom. So long as they remain mere resources for humans, nonhuman animals cannot be free.  — Tim E. Putnam

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