If it were as simple as a choice between an animal living wild or living in captivity, then the zoo would be as much of an anachronism as lions jumping through flaming hoops in a circus tent.
Where else would someone brought up in an inner city get to see a gorilla, a tiger or even a meerkat? If these animals ever get released to the wild for any reason, they will have an Zoos should be allowed difficult time adapting to their natural habitat, because they had absolutely no former experience of it.
It merely means we need to pay more attention to the bad and improve them or close them. But at what point does that become captivity? Ask questions about different species, find out where they come from, so you can learn to practice awareness shopping. Animals have their own rights, and they have their own lives in the wild.
Not just in terms of protecting them and breeding them for reintroduction, but to learn about them to aid those still in the wild, as well as to educate and inform the public about these animals and their world: Not all animals are kept perfectly, much as I wish it were otherwise, and even in the best examples, there is still be room for improvement.
Unless you want numerous endangered species to become extinct, zoos should absolutely NOT be closed down. Therefore animals already in zoos should be kept in zoos. Sure there is always scope for improvement, but these benefits are critical to many species and potentially at least, the world as a whole, and the animals so well kept and content, that I think there can be few serious objections to the concept of good zoos what they can do.
I was shocked to learn a few years ago that zoos were prescribing Prozac to some of the animals. Moreover, the few zoos that mistreated animals have been caught, and are being targeted for these actions. With this opportunity, they enjoy learning about animals and endangered species.
One is a bloodthirsty killer, the other a harmless hen — yet the public relate far more to the cuddly, white oversized teddy bear. And this latter point is key.
They were taken care of all their lives, and now have to provide for themselves, something they are not used to. A m fence? In my opinion it would be unforgivable to allow tigers, pandas and so on to become extinct because they were wiped out in the wild due to hunting, habitat loss, etc.
You cannot just release them into the wild; they would not know how to survive or find food, and would become a threat to humans, as they will look to them for food. This has changed, however, because people actually knew about it and noticed it, and it damaged the reputation of zoos itself and threatened their business.
If not you, through your taxes — then the zoo? This will vary depending on the type of zoo you go to. That alone will bring a greater understanding and perspective to many and hopefully give them a greater appreciation for wildlife, conservation efforts and how they can contribute.
If not you, through your taxes — then the zoo? Regarding education in zoos, although they do provide a lot of it, most of us go to the zoo as a way to spend time and for recreational purposes. You should watch the animals and perhaps take a tour.
Sure there is always scope for improvement, but these benefits are critical to many species and potentially at least, the world as a whole, and the animals so well kept and content, that I think there can be few serious objections to the concept of good zoos what they can do. Things like capturing and moving at-risk or dangerous individuals is bolstered by knowledge in zoos about doses for anaesthetics, and experience at handling and transporting animals.
Pros of Zoos 1. Its to protect the animals on the endangered and threatened list of animals. Moreover, animals that are confined to the zoo suffer from negative psychological effects due to the confinement. Things like capturing and moving at-risk or dangerous individuals is bolstered by knowledge in zoos about doses for anaesthetics, and experience at handling and transporting animals.
Studies show that elephants — who typically travel 30 miles per day — are confined to spaces, on average, 1, times smaller than their wild habitats and that polar bears have spaces approximately 1, times smaller than their arctic territories.
Knowing say the oestreus cycle of an animal or their breeding rate helps manage wild populations. While a safari in the plains of the Serengeti may be preferable, the vast majority will never be able to afford such an exotic holiday.
Zoos spend millions on keeping captive animals confined as opposed to fighting to protect natural habits that are being destroyed at an alarming rate and threatening many endangered species.
To ignore the part zoos have to play here would be dishonest, and to pretend that there is any practical source of funds to support this vital work other than paying guests is disingenuous. Some people here are being overly anthropomorphic, saying things like 'they will never know freedom'.
What I would state with absolute confidence is that for many species but no, not all it is perfectly possible to keep them in a zoo or wildlife park and for them to have a quality of life as high or higher than in the wild.
A version of this piece was first published in here. A lot of the animals which have be threatened to near extinction is because humans have either poached them or destroyed their environments they live in and so they cannot survive.
Although reintroduction successes are few and far between, the numbers are increasing and the very fact that species have been saved or reintroduced as a result of captive breeding shows their value. Even with those that look as though they might be having fun — the monkeys and penguins — just think how much more exciting it would be to see them swinging in the jungle, rather than in a cage, or hunting on the ice caps instead of being thrown fish at feeding time.Shandy Mae Yap 3/6 Should animals be kept in Zoos?
I believe that animals should be allowed to enjoy their own natural habitat and live with their family freely, not trapped behind bars and cages. So no, I do not agree that animals should be kept in zoos. Why should zoos be banned?
They should. One reason is that not that long ago, there was a gorilla in a zoo named Ivan. He was kidnapped from his jungle home, put in a crate and was shipped of to a zoo along with his sister, but she never made it out of the box alive. At the zoo, Ivan was treated terrible along with all the other animals.
The offspring are forever part of the chain of zoos, circuses, petting zoos, and exotic pet trade that buy, sell and barter animals among themselves and exploit animals. Ned the Asian elephant was born at an accredited zoo, but later confiscated from an abusive circus trainer and finally sent to a sanctuary.
Should zoos be banned? The shooting of the captive gorilla in Cincinnati calls into question the benefits and ethics of keeping animals for public display Alison Benjamin and Toby Moses.
Zoos are present all over the world, it is a great way for people to learn about wild animals without having to put themselves in danger, or travel to other parts of the world. All the Reasons Why Zoos Should Be Banned. I'm no big animal-rights campaigner, but I do trust facts delivered by experts, and the facts tell me that zoos are just a really terrible idea.Download