Everyday, while people are living their comfortable lives, animals are getting closer and closer to being wiped out. Animals live in fear of poaching, habitat destruction, and many more dangers that people could help control. People may have the ability to stop these issues but few care, they would rather sit back and watch as millions of animals die each year. Zoos are taking the lead in conserving endangered animals by acting as sanctuaries and giving animals the protection they lack in the wild (“Zoo”). Without the help of zoos many more species will disappear never to be seen again.
The modern Zoo has been around for centuries the first zoo was established in 1748. Since then zoos have evolved immensely. Many standard zoos offer a variety of activities for visitors but little has been done to offer animals proper care, sufficient space and variety. Traditional zoo enclosures rarely match each animal’s natural environment especially for large animals, as everything is just too small and too condensed. Zoos must reinvest and revamp into the structures and organization of their facilities for the better of the animals and viewers.
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Tigers being poached or killed is decreasing their populations dramatically.This species may not be here for long. Some tigers live in reserves to help their populations increase.Tigers are very active and like bathing. Tigers are a beautiful animals, yet their habitats are becoming isolated; thus, there will be no more tigers. Suprisingly, the biggest member in the cat family is the tiger(“Basic”para.1).The defenders.org states, “They sport long, thick reddish coats with white bellies and white and black tails. There heads, bodies, tails, and limbs have narrow black, brown, or gray stripes.” (“Basic”para.1).
Their wild instinct makes them unpredictable, so it is impossible to know if they’re going to attack. Another reason people shouldn’t have exotic pets is that they can pass on diseases to their owners. In the wild several species of animals have diseases that are deadly to humans. Exotic pets can easily get sick and die, especially if they aren’t cared for properly. Although many people say that they have exotic pets and they take good care of their pets, most people who have exotic pets don’t realize that there cute baby tiger will need fifty pounds of meat a day, and most people can’t afford to pay the money it takes to make sure their pet is fed properly.
Brett Ross Manley Ela 12 5-18-14 Exotic Predators “Keeping wild and exotic animals as pets threatens public health and safety as well as animal welfare. Wild animals can attack, they can spread disease, and the average pet owner cannot provide the care they need in captivity.”-quote from Wayne Pacelle Owning exotic animals is not an easy task. Several people purchase these species not thinking about how big they are going to get or how much they're going to eat. For example there are exotic snakes that can get well over 20 foot. People buy these snakes and other exotic pets as small “cute’’ pets well after a couple years they have a very large bodied predator.
Natural animal instincts and lack of proper care can trigger destructive behaviours of animals, injuring their owners or other community members. There has been a total of 543 human injuries and 75 deaths as a result of exotic pets, including 52 year old woman killed by a Bengali tiger (http://channel.nat......). These numbers illustrate the risk that exotic animals pose to owners and community members. Keith Gisser, an exotic reptile owner claims he's “not the kind of animal owner neighbours need to worry about”, yet Brian Johnson Gisser's neighbour says on of the reptile owner's snakes escaped into his backyard (www.wkyc.com....). Injury and fatalities are a risk, endangering the community when exotic animals are kept as pets which is yet another reason why owning them should be illegal.