The idea of a zoo is a noble idea. The objective of the zoo is to be a sanctuary where animals live in safety from dangers such as poachers and diseases. This wildlife refuge prevents animals from going extinct, and new generations of people can learn about these animals and appreciate them. Due to human shortcomings, some zoos are concrete prisons or execution chambers. The video, “Captive Animal Misery in European Zoos”, provided by Born Free Foundation on Youtube.com that is published on 12th January 2012 shows animals in poor living conditions.
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”).
Animals are trained to do humanistic things so they’re lifestyle’s are similar to that of a human. Cohen and Regan say (2001), “if all humans in America have rights then why shouldn’t all animals have rights the same?” An animal in the wild is sheltered by environmental laws as well as hunting and animal abuse, but an animal such as a Lion in the zoo are raised outside of the laws boundaries. The current animals rights given to us by our government do not relate to the beings in the zoo. If an animal in the zoo becomes disorderly they are sometimes beaten. Since the beginning of the traveling circus we’ve heard stories of animals turning on trainers and attacking them.
(Zoos: Pitiful Prisons.) A former director of the Atlanta Zoo once remarked that he was "too far removed from the animals; they're the last thing I worry about with all the other problems." (Zoos: Pitiful Prisons.) Zoos are nothing more than animal prisons maintained for human amusement, not for education. ("Zoocheck".)
Feb. 15 2014. Society, Captive Animals Protection. Sad Eyes & Empty Lives (n.d.): n. pag. Web. "The National Humane Education Society -Entertainment Issues:Captive Creatures."
Also by keeping endangered species from going completely instinct by figuring out genetics of an animal. So having zoos and farms do help animals but does put them at risk. Works Cited 1. Waples KA, Stagoll CS. Ethical issues in the release of animals from captivity.
Zamir Tzachi, a philosopher and professor, defends good zoos in the fact that they remain true to their moral treatment of animals. Many zoos respect animals and treat them with utmost dignity and kindness. Instead of housing the animals for human enjoyment and exploitation of the animals, the zoos focus on providing safe environments where the animals can thrive and be safe. After the animal is content, it will then be able to live comfortably as human visitors pass by in awe. An acceptable and good zoo must provide the proper amount of food, drink, and care for each of its specific animals.
Zoos: Whom are we really helping? Peoples Trust has provided me with an extreme amount of information on why zoos are beneficial through their “Zoos & Conservation article.” Peoples Trust has pointed out that not every zoo mistreats their animals, but never took into consideration how the animals themselves may undergo, and what is being taken away from them. Peoples Trust article “Zoos & Conservation” touched surface solely on zoos located in Britain. What about the rest of the world? Luckily there is a group called the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) that inspects zoos and aquariums making sure that they are fit for conservation.
This debate has gone on for generations and average folk are stuck in the middle, not knowing which side to stand on. The animals being kept in captivity could not be interviewed; their side of the story will be based on interpretation on their movement and interaction with animals in the zoo and in the wild. Are animals better suited to live in the harsh conditions of the wild or are they better suited to live their lives safely in captivity? Many animal rights activist argue that animals should be allowed to live their lives in the wild instead of captivity. That we as humans have no right to neither alter the fate of other species nor use them for our personal benefits.