Generation Gap: Why your kids and grandkids want to save the animals Rare

For generations, families have flocked to zoos, aquariums and circuses to see exotic animals perform tricks and stunts for entertainment, but many millennials are taking a stand against animals in captivity.

Blame it on our ever-increasing access to information or the prevalence of video cameras everywhere. Nowadays, millennials are learning from documentaries and animal rights activists about how animals are treated in captivity. As a result, a lot of millennials aren’t spending as much time or money at aquariums, zoos or the circus.

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For example, the Ringling Bros. Circus retired all elephants from their show this year, sending them to a Florida conservation as a response to rising pressure from animal rights groups.

Our concern for animals doesn’t stop at circuses and aquariums. Many millennials are also demanding better treatment of farm animals. Sales for hormone-free meats, free-range chicken and cage-free eggs are also up.

Many of these industry-wide changes began with photos and video of allegedly unethical practices. In our parents and grandparents’ time, people didn’t have video cameras in their pockets at all times to record the world around them, especially when they felt something unethical was happening.

Overall, millennials are advocating for change with their money. We feel that out access to information helps inform our buying decisions, and many of us are opting for what we feel are more ethical animal practices.

Kids these days! Lazy, entitled and self-absorbed, amirite? Well, we’re here to remind you – we’re rocking our bad rep just like every generation that came before us (lookin’ at you Baby Boomers and Gen Xers). Kendall and Jessica are here to bridge the Generation Gap and remind you that there’s more that unites us than divides us. Let us be your guides into the crazy lives of your kids and grandkids. Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday!

Jessica Sooknanan is the Editor of Hot Topics. Hot Topics, a top-rated TV show airing in Atlanta, Charlotte and Orlando, wraps the crazy viral stories of the week. Jessica is a graduate of the University of Georgia and joined the Rare team in 2016.
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Kendall Trammell is a writer for Rare. Follow her on Twitter @KendallTrammell.
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