I have a foot in both camps being a zoo and a furry, I would say neither group really understands the other properly. However the more extreme or in your face members of either group does a disservice to their camp, and just reinforces bad stereo types to the other group and society in general.
The vast number of furry's don't own a fur suit and even fewer get dressed up and terrorise the neighbourhood. But the minority that do are the ones that make the news.
The same goes for zoos, most zoos don't flaunt their sexuality by screwing their dog (or whatever) in public or somewhere they are highly likely to be caught. However it is those few that make the newspapers.
For a number of zoos I know Furry offers them a means of socialising with other humans and doing fun stuff, it fills a small hole in some peoples lives that even the best animal can't fill.
The term furry covers a very wide range of people who like anthropomorphic things but they may not be into more than one of these categories:
Those that like art or stories
Those that like animated animal movies
Those that like to role play
Those that like to dress up in a suit
Those that like to dress up in a suit and then have sex
Those that think they have been born into the wrong body and have a spirit of an animal
All that said, at the end of the day my animals come first and foremost. no group of people would ever mean more to me than protecting my love ones no matter how many legs they walk on. I would do what ever it takes to keep them safe. That runs from the practical things, like when I dislocated my arm wrenching a 36Kg GSD back off a road when a car ran a red light at speed. To the less literal but just as important fact, that I wouldn't be able to take care of my precious animals if I have been put in jail for being caught knotting with my lover.
Bottom line use your brains and don't do stuff that is going to attract negative attention.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.