Animal rights have become a very serious issue here in the United States over the last few decades. One issue that has been discussed is whether or not zoos serve a good purpose or are they just a torture chamber for the animals. Locked up in small cages so people can yell at them and stare. Or are zoos the key to save our species in an ever growing human population. Rachel Lu, a philosophy teacher and senior columnist, writes the article, “Let’s Keep Zoos: Learning stewardship is a good thing.”, published April 18, 2014, argues that zoos are worth keeping. Rachel Lu uses her personal experiences to appeal to her audience that zoos are valuable to people especially young children because it gives them a perspective on nature.
Lu, sets the stage by explaining her personal experience on the African safari that her and her husband got to go on. She talks about seeing a lion eating a fresh kill and a mother elephant with her baby. However, unless you can afford to go on these safaris, most people will never get to experience these animals in true natural environment. Lu explains that on an African safari, you surrounded by people that are used to be treated used to going on luxury trips. As much as everybody would love to go to Africa to see animals in the wild, for most people the next best thing is going to the zoo.
Lu states, “To start off, I should note that I am not entirely unsympathetic to the zoo-hater’s perspective.” Lu is very aware of the animals’ rights people that believe that animals don’t belong in zoos. She expresses to her readers that she has read articles and she does see the side of the zoo haters. S...
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...ls are our future and it is up to the children of this world to understand how to better take care of them and how to save these species from becoming extinct. Rachel Lu does an exceptional job at looking at both sides of this very controversial subject. She uses her own personal experiences so that they emotionally appeal to that person that can’t afford to go to Africa or that parent that spends one day a week walking around the zoo. Lu reaches out to all readers whether they are animal rights activist or in support of having animals in captivity and does a great job of making her argument clear. Lu closes with a very appropriate statement, “I think in the longer run, these encounters with animals will help kids to consider deeper moral questions about what nature is worth, and what it might mean to exercise good stewardship over the earth’s natural treasures.”
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