Are Zoos Unethical By:Kalynn Deppe An issue that has been hotly debated since the brink of zoos has been whether they are ethical or not. Although some believe that zoos can be beneficial to animals, thousands of research has shown this not to be true. The main reasons zoos are devious is because, there artificial environments are harmful, the animals are more prone to diseases, and it can damage children's views on society. To begin, zoos are unprincipled due to the fact that they take animals out of the wild and place them in synthetic environments that have failed to meet the animals designated standard of living. For example, research has shown that some larger animals need for space is not fulfilled in their confined cages.
And although there are benefits for animals in captivity, it could also be very bad for them. Zoos can be like prisons for the animals inside them, also living in a zoo could restrict natural behaviors that an animal would usually need, and also animal habitats have gotten destroyed and as a result, people put the surviving animals in zoos when in fact there is a much better alternative. Zoos can be like a prison for animals. In the article “Do Animals Loose in Zoos?” it references that a zoo is like a prison for an animal, and that is the truth. Animals need room to soar and run and play around and instead they are kept in a cage all day and aren’t given a lot of room to move and play around as they would please.
And when an animal in a zoo makes a friend their friend could be sold to another zoo leaving both the animals even more stressed and lonely. When you you go to zoos you are supporting this kind of treatment on animals, so when you go to zoos you see the cute happy animals but what you don't see is the stress, frustration, and loneliness the animals have to endure. As you know zoos are horrible to animals but did you know that stress from zoos lead animals to self mudilation. Often time when animals are stressed the resort to unnatural behaviors such as pacing swaing and overe grooming, and if you think thats bad that was just best case scenario. Most of the time animals eat there own vomit and even resort to self mudilation but animals ahav allso been known to eat their own of spring.
For a long time there has been the debate if Zoos, Circuses, and aquariums violate human rights considering that in certain cases they help animals from extinction. While that could be the case we also see that animals are unhappy, mistreated badly, and also they are only there for the sole purpose of human entertainment. On a personal belief I think that they do violate human rights, and they should be shut down. While they can save animals, there is way too much more evidence leaning towards it being bad. Zoos, circuses, and aquariums should be shut down.
Animal cruelty is becoming an issue that is too big to ignore. It can be defined as neglect or the infliction of pain or suffering towards animals. One might notice that this is an issue that is becoming more common in zoos and aquariums. These places can be wonderful for the animals, but can also portray an awful life for the captive animals. No animal should have to go through the pain and stress that many are suffering through.
While doing away of zoos completely may be too much of a steep step, a compromise may be able to satisfy both sides. An amendment of zoos may occur where zoos could only be for animals from hazardous environments. Instead of taking animals from their stable and adequate habitats, removing animals that’s home has being destroyed or deemed unlivable for the animal gives it a new place to live. This won’t fix the problems with zoos, but it will at the very least only affect animals with no place to go rather than all animals for the sole purpose of human
In zoos, natural hunting and mating behaviours are almost impossible due to regulated feeding times. These animals are supervised closely and they lack privacy as well. An Oxford University study, which was based on four decades of observing animals in captivity comparing those in the wild found that animals like cheetahs and polar bears shows most signs of stress in captivity and therefore suggested if these animals were to be really kept in enclosures, the standards of the enclosure should be improved drastically or they should just be released in the wild. Additionally, another survey that records 4500 elephants both in the wild and in enclosures found that the median life span for an African elephant in a zoo was near 17 years but in the wild it was almost 56 years. This is greatly caused due to their poor mental health.
Furthermore according to a PETA article regarding the abuse of circus animals, when the circus is over animals may be housed in small crates or a solitary confinement that can cause harmful psychological effects. Like primates for example who are very social and, in their natural habitat, live in large spaces and tight knit communities suffer due to lack of space and companionship. Both articles research illustrate that although the animals are not undergoing visible physical abuse, they are still being abused
Because people think that, they support the zoos by giving them money to see these animals instead of going to animal preservations where the enclosures aren’t entirely man made. Animals that can function and survive in the wild should not be kept in zoos because the enclosures do not meet the needs of the animals living in them, zoos restrict animals from their innate behavior and their natural instincts, and zoos are expensive and damage animals homes. Enclosures in zoos do not provide everything the animal needs. In paragraph 6 in the article
The practice of keeping animals in zoos, aquariums and circus is one of the more intriguing areas of conflict within the animal ethics–conservation ethics debate. The presumption that the keeping of animals in captivity and taking them from wildlife is morally acceptable has long been questioned by animal rights–oriented philosophers who believe that such facilities by definition diminish animals’ liberty and dignity as beings possessing inherent worth. This broad ethical debate over zoos, aquariums and circus in society and the various trade-offs it evokes regarding animal welfare, conservation, education, scientific research, and entertainment have been complicated by particular high profile cases, such as the keeping of elephants or large
Animal Captivity Bears don 't normally ride bikes, tigers don 't normally jump through fire, and elephants don 't normally stand up on their back two legs. Laws that protect traveling animals are not enforced enough to make a difference, and are highly ignored. Circuses should not be allowed to capture wild animals for entertainment purposes because the animals are abused, the populations are decreasing, and the animals don 't have enough freedom. To better understand why eliminating animal captivity for entertainment purposes is the best thing to do, someone must think about the opposing viewpoint. Most argue that the eliminating animal captivity for entertainment purposes is more humane.
This shows it is dangerous to transport these animals. Many deaths of elephants occur in the circuses. Ringling Bros. was charged with violations of the Animal Welfare Act after the circus forced Kenny, a three year old elephant, to perform even thought the animal was obviously sick. A veterinarian checking on the elephants that same day said he “should remain in the barn,” an hour after Kenny’s last performance, he passed away. Circus owners care about fame and fortune, not about the health of the