Zoos and Animal Rights

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Among many other fun and exciting attraction to visit around our community, a visit to the zoo has always been a memorable experience. This cost effective priceless lifetime experience is being undermined by a group of activists all around the country. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), world largest animal rights organization, argue that zoos deprived animals from satisfying their most basic needs. They urge not to patronized zoos and claims that the money spent on ticket purchases pays for animals to be imprisoned and traded, not rescued and rehabilitated. They go on saying in summary that zoos strip animals from their rights. So this heated debate revolves around the animal rights and how the zoo industry inhibits it. Are zoo really bad for the animals? Should we get rid of the zoo and let the animals back to the wilderness? Mazur and Clark (2001) state that zoo is a monument to a long-standing tradition of people’s fascination with non-human nature. Since the early societies of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Chinese, wild animals have been maintained in captivity in order to satisfy human curiosity with exotica (p 185). Most western zoos today, however, embrace far more benevolent values such as supporting the conservation of biodiversity through specialized animal breeding, research, and education programs. The role and purpose of the zoos have change enormously in recent decades. Many modern zoo today aims to provide their visitors with the opportunity to encounter the natural world and to become involved in conservation action. A series of studies and survey were performed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in order to assess the impact on a visit to a zoo or aquarium. This study revealed that zoo ... ... middle of paper ... ...e wildlife. Works Cited Amy Miller, (2014). What zoos do: U.S. Zoos work to preserve animals around the world through conservation, research, and education. Scholastic News. Retrieved from http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews BBC News, (2003). Born Free Star McKenna Honored. BBC News. Retrieved from http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/animals-used-entertainment-factsheets/zoos-pitiful-prisons/ Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Why Zoos & Aquariums Matter: Assessing the Impact of a Visit. Association of Zoos & Aquariums. [fact sheet]. Retrieved from http://www.aza.org/uploadedfiles/education/why_zoos_matter.pdf Mazur and Clark (2001). Zoos and Conservation: Policy Making and Organizational Challenges. Yale F&ES bulletin. Retrieved from http://isites.harvard.edu/fs/docs/icb.topic983317.files/Readings%20October%2026/Mazur%20and%20Clark.pdf

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