In the film, Madagascar, zoos are depicted as a sanctuary in which all the exotic animals are kept safe and are open for the public to view. But many would argue that zoos are inhumane, the caging of animals for our personal entertainment is unjustifiable. Those who believe that zoos are wrong and should be destroyed are animal rights activist; they believe that animals should be allowed to choose their own destiny. Those that believe that zoos are an important part of our lives are scientist and zoologist. This debate has gone on for generations and average folk are stuck in the middle, not knowing which side to stand on.
Zoos: Pitiful Dirty Prisons If you have ever stepped into a zoo, you have stepped into a prison in which the inmates are defenseless and innocent, the sentence is long, and the penalty is cruel and severe. Zoos are not made for educational purposes but for entertainment, they do not benefit animals but push them toward extinction. "Zoos range in size and quality from cage-less parks to small roadside menageries with concrete slabs and iron bars." (Zoos: Pitiful Prisons.) The larger the zoo and the greater the number and variety of the animals it contains, the more it costs to provide quality care for the animals.
Zoos around the world are taking innocent helpless animals from their parents and homes to put on display for our enjoyment, not education. These actions would not be tolerated if it were human children, so why are we doing it to baby animals? Extreme distress, lack of space, inproper diet, inbreeding and insemination, surplus animals, and a lack of educations are all issues that can be resolved with the shutting down of zoos. Animals suffer more harm from zoos than they benefit. Zoos do more harm than good and need to be shut down.
The opponents of zoos feel that they are inhumane and harmful to animals. However, zoos are beneficial for several different reasons, including, animal conservation and captive breeding, scientific studies, healthcare, and education. Daniel Martin, writer for mailonline.com, wrote an article about Angela Smith who works as a Labor’s Charities Minister. Smith is strongly opposed to zoos and thinks they should be banned in Britain. Smith describes zoos as “cruel relics of the Victorian Era,” (Martin 1) forgetting about all the advantages that come with zoos.
As you know, it is important not to support zoos because they are a major factor in animal cruelty. They provide the animals with unsuitable living conditions. They turn the animals into domestic human dependent creatures. They also lower the animal’s life expectancies due to unsuitable conditions. If we all choose to go to zoos, than wildlife will soon be abolished.
Another contributor to animal health problems is the neglecting to the animal’s needs. Animals in captivity do not properly take care of their animals by neglecting to care for their sicknesses or giving them the physical interactions they need. Most zoo animals are in exhibits all a... ... middle of paper ... ...n cages conservation projects work on protecting animals and keeping land protected. If there were no zoos and only conservation then what happened to the tiger and the young girl would not be repeated with other animals. Keeping animals in captivity can only be acceptable if all of their needs are met, but it is still unnecessary and inhumane to keep animals in zoos (“Wild Animals in Captivity”).
The elements that will be discussed are the possibility of animals being harmed by the public or the zoo’s staff; how captivity can be detrimental to an animal’s health; and why zoos hinder animal preservation initiatives. Firstly, keeping animals in zoos should be illegal because zoo owners and visitors occasionally mistreat the animals. A situation that illustrates this brutality is when sixty-four of seventy-one guinea pigs died at Edmonton Valley Zoo on Mai 25, 2010 subsequent to someone intentionally placing poisoned oranges in the rodent’s cages. Another incident that exemplifies this harmful conduct is when an autopsy performed March 2, 2012, on a giraffe that recently passed away at Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia revealed a 20-kilogram piece of plastic in the animal’s stomach. The plastic lump, which had a diameter of 60 centimetres, appeared to be food wrappers thrown by zoo visitors as well as garbage that had blown into the giraffe’s stall.
A zoo is no place like home. Zoo animals’ behavior reflect their feelings. Behavioral research conducted on zoo animals is controversial because nothing can be learned by studying animals that are kept in unnatural conditions. Environments trigger behaviors. The Born Free Foundation in the United Kingdom has investigated how animals feel about captivity by studying t... ... middle of paper ... ...ess, 2002.
Animals aren’t actors, circus clowns or prisoners. So, how come it’s okay to force them to perform confusing tricks or travel across the country in cages and trailers? Why are they exploited for human amusement? Unfortunately, some of these animals even lose their lives from incessant physical punishment and abuse. Animal suffering can be seen in many forms of entertainment including rodeos, circuses, and zoos.