The negative effects of captivity and air pollution on mental health

Captivity in zoos increases the chances that a chimp will behave bizarrely. This is the situation described in a report to Global Animal, Captivity Fatal To Chimps’ Mental Health?

The documented behaviors, which included self-mutilation, repetitive rocking, and consumption of feces, are symptoms of compromised mental health in humans, and are not seen in wild chimpanzees, the authors say. The study found that even chimps at very well regarded zoos displayed the disturbing behaviors.

This study has to make one wonder as imprisonment in a mental hospital is seen as an antidote for bizarre behavior in humans. The evidence, as exhibited by chimpanzees, our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, is that such is not necessarily the case.

He (Nicolas Fisher-Newton) and co-author Lucy Birkett used both direct observations and published sources to document the behaviors of 40 chimpanzees at six zoos in the U.S. and the U.K. The collected data, covering a two-year period, was then compared to observations made of wild chimpanzees, such as 1023 hours of documentation on wild chimps in Uganda.

Where the wild is, as far as the human species are concerned, is a good question. Captivity in mental hospitals is, on the other hand, probably much less conducive to good “mental health” than residence in a community.

A recent study also found that zoo visits boost a child’s science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone. Over 50 percent of all school children aged between 7 and 14 showed improvements in their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation after just a single zoo visit.

Out of this observation naturally arises the question, would chimpanzee intelligence and conservation consciousness be increased by having chimpanzees visit human mental hospitals to observe and study the inmates?

In another online story, air pollution has been found to have an adverse effect on the mental health of mice: Air pollution linked to mental problems. I would suspect that the imbibing of polluted or poisoned water would not be the greatest thing for a mouse’s mental health either.

Ohio State University researchers said the cognitive problems were observed in mice exposed to polluted air. The researchers said in a statement that this is one of the first studies to look at pollution’s impact on mental health and ability.

Mice are not chimpanzees, or human beings, but if dirty air affects mice so drastically it must certainly affect chimpanzees and humans as well.

The mice in the study were exposed to either filtered air or polluted air for six hours a day, five days a week for 10 months, which is about half the rodents’ lifespan.

Now it is my contention that if we were to appropriate the wealth and resources of * robber barons, and if we were to reverse the green house effect created by those * robber barons, then these actions would have a correspondingly positive effect on the present and future mental and physical health of mice, chimpanzees, and human beings.

* Note: I’m expanding the currently archaic definition of robber baron, in this instance, from the large industrialist of the 19th century, and heirs, to include technological, corporate, investment, and entertainment moguls (think glutton oink oink) operating in the world of the present.

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2 Responses

  1. Forced and coercive captivity and drugging of a person is assault pure and simple. Detention can only be warranted if a person is reasonably suspected of committing a crime, in which case the police should prepared to arrest, charge and prosecute and be able to provide a written account of their reasoning along with evidence or the accounts of witnesses that will stand up in court.

    OK, so it goes without saying that a person is going to suffer and not forgive unwarranted assaults perpetrated by supposed do gooders and failed physicians. Even if they do not complain. Even if they praise their attackers it will only be that their attackers have instilled in them such shame that they will say anything.

    This happens thousands of times a day in the western world. And I’m sure hundreds are first timers. And most of those will become customers for life. And many of those never committed a criminal offense. And possibly worse, of those that did commit a criminal offense most were never charged.

    Robber barons is something else. It should be enough to witness the assaults and lies that are perpetrated at the level of each individual and their situation. Big Pharma and all that stuff is secondary… emergent.

    As for air pollution and possible toxins in the environment forget it. You run the risk of playing into the hands of the shrinks. It can sound like you are saying that environmental and dietary toxins can cause mental illness.

    • There is no forced treatment without physical assault or the threat of physical assault. People are abducted by the mental health system, and falsely imprisoned. I don’t see any therapeutic value in imprisonment. Forced treatment is maltreatment, and there is no excuse for it.

      The government of the USA has given corporations the same rights as private citizens. The problem is that corporations are not private citizens, they are conglomerates. This has had the end result of reducing the power of citizens viz-a-viz corporations. If the government is a government of corporations, great. If the government is a government of citizens, not so great.

      Among the robber barons I would, of course, include Big Pharma. You’ve got these bastards, for lack of a better word, making a large fortune destroying the physical health of a great many people while claiming to be doing so for the sake of their “mental health”. These guys aren’t just making money, they’re also taking lives. As I see it that is robbery on two fronts.

      Psychiatric drugs are toxic substances. I don’t see anything that is very “medicinal” about them at all. In this way they share many of the same traits as pollutants that come from smokestacks and drainage pipes. Pollutants will destroy your mental and physical stability, just the same as psychiatric drugs will do. The thing about this is that you’ve got corporations getting rich polluting our air and water just the same as you’ve got companies getting rich making ineffective and harmful substances for what purports to be “mental health” reasons.

      I don’t see myself working into the hands of shrinks. Most shrinks are busy pushing and promoting psychiatric drugs. Clean air and water are healthy, psychiatric drugs are unhealthy. Breath clean air, drink clean water, stay off the psychiatric drugs, and if your physical health is good, you emotional state should be the same. Where is the contradiction?

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