Oh, activism. Misguided – and it’s always to a certain extent misguided – activism. There is something about protesting – anything – that seems to automatically lead to unintended – or worse, intended – consequences. Perhaps it’s the inherent irrationality that comes with the mob, which is what so much activism is about in action (that is: activism in action is typically a public protest). Or perhaps it is the inherent irrationality that comes with willfully wasting one’s time. Whatever the reasons, so often, consequences are overlooked.

The Montevideo Zoo is releasing some of the animals that it can’t care for. Yes, this is partly or wholly in response to activists. And yes, this is almost certainly a good outcome for these animals. But note, in an activist-related incident at a different zoo, this happened:

Within hours [of being released by activists], a capybara, a llama, a black-headed parrot, a red parrot, a rabbit, three guinea pigs and a Patagonian hare were dead. Some apparently were struck by cars; others drowned in ponds or died of stress. Ten others disappeared, said Juan Carbajal, who oversees that municipality’s two zoos.

Furthermore, that some of the animals died of stress tells you something about the stress they were under in the zoo. Namely, they were under less stress; and this is even considering whatever conditions they were kept in.

There are numerous scenes with activists in Evolve. The activists in Evolve are always bad for exactly these reason. There is a mob mentality that overcomes the nature of the protest. To a large degree, the activists don’t even know what they’re protesting (reference reality: how many activists, when interviewed, have anything coherent to say about the reason why they’re there?) In Evolve the activists are an ever present bad guy even if they are not well defined. In Evolve, it doesn’t really matter what the protestors protest, that they choose to protest to make their case makes them a bad guy (because, if nothing else, the tendency for unintended consequences is just too high). This is a philosophical statement and it is a aesthetic ethical one. Regardless, it’s correct.

-JD Cross