Argumentative Essay: Is Keeping Animals In Captivity Wrong?

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Argumentative Essay: Is keeping animals in captivity wrong? By Fu Yat Tsing P6Y Everyone loves a good trip to the zoo. Who doesn’t love dolphin shows and awesome animals? When we think of zookeepers, the image of caring humans playing with animals always come to mind. However, what people don’t realise is that behind the scenes, those very animals suffer from boredom and immense stress in their artificial enclosures. Don’t keep animals in captivity, and stop animal abuse. In captivity, animals are extremely distressed after being moved into the enclosure. Confined, many develop behaviour problems (zoochosis) that are described as “self-harming”, “insane” and “scary”. According to a study conducted by the Captive Animals’ Protection Society (CAPS), an organisation that exposes and spreads awareness …show more content…

A study conducted in the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium shows that whale sharks only live for less than two years in captivity when their average lifespan is more than 60 years when in the wild. According to One Green Planet,a website for the growing compassionate and eco-conscious generation,the same applies to elephants as even though they live for 50-60 years in the wild, most in captivity live until less than the age of 40. This is due to the extreme distress they suffer from and the lack of freedom. A dolphin conservationist and dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry from the “Dolphin + Whale” project of International Marine Mammal Project (IMMP) and his own organisation Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project witnessed his formerly trained dolphin commit suicide due to depression in captivity. “Dolphins are not automatic air-breathers like we are," he explains. "Every breath is a conscious effort. If life becomes too unbearable, the dolphins just take a breath and then sink to the bottom. They don't take the next breath." So, is captivity heaven, or

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