The film tells how thousands of indigenous peoples were put on public display in America in what scholars today call “human zoos.”
The film shows how a number of Christians led opposition to both human zoos and eugenics.
“Most Americans realize we need to learn from the past,” said John West, writer and director of the new documentary Human Zoos. “But we can’t learn from the past if we cover it up.”
Wesley Smith commented earlier on the struggle, via litigation by the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP), to grant human-like “rights” to an elephant in the Bronx Zoo.
Our care and treatment of animals arise from human duties, not conjuring rights for animals out of ideological zeal.