For centuries, zoos have been traditionally known to be the ultimate place for families to have an enjoyable and adventurous time. Ever since I was little, I remembered going to the zoo quite frequently. Right as I entered the gates of the animal kingdom, the sight of colorful birds, the sound of children’s laughter and the smell of the earthly animals intensified my excitement even more. Seeing elephants, tigers and many more wild animals in person had made my overall experience unforgettable. But as we begin to unravel the hidden truth about zoos, we begin to ask ourselves if it is ethical to continue to support places like zoos in keeping innocent animals in captivity.
Most families enjoy going to the zoo to see their favorite animals, however they are not aware of the consequence their support provides, along with the mistreatment that takes place in these facilities. Though zoos may seem to help animals, by providing them with food and shelter, they are in fact very inhumane.
Captive animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them. Bull riding has become a very famous activity. The riders are not only taking the animal out of its normal surroundings but also putting them in much physical danger. Circus animals will never receive the same experience as they would in the wild. It should be illegal to use animals for sports and entertainment because many times it is cruel to the animals.
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.
Quite apart from the cruelty involved in training and confining these animals, the whole idea that we should enjoy the humiliating spectacle of an elephant or lion made to perform circus tricks shows a lack of respect for the animals as individuals.” That was a quote from Peter Singer, a professor of Bioethics at Princeton University who is a also a strong advocate for animal rights. Circuses were first introduced to us in Rome in the 14TH century. In the 19TH century, circuses had made its way around to Australia where the first animal shows were introduced. By the 20TH century, thousands of cases of animal cruelty had been reported from all over the world.
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.
Animal trafficking is not any better than human trafficking. Do not just sit by and let this continue, stop buying the tickets, and stop letting people force these animals to do tricks for food! “ The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that’s the essence of inhumanity”. - George
July 26. 2006, a four year old elephant named Benjamin was swimming in a pond on a “break” and didn’t obey when he was called to get out, instead he swam the other direction. The trainer then jumped into the pond with a bullhook and swam after Benjamin, the elephant had a heart attack and died. According to an official USDA Report, the trainer’s use of the bull hook “created behavioral stress and trauma which precipitated in the physical harm and ultimate death of the animal.” Bullhooks, poor conditions, endless performance, and premature deaths are all things that go on under the big top. Animal rights activists fight for the world to know that circuses abuse the animals into submission.
The sources are similar because they used the rhetorical appeal of pathos,in the article “The Use of Animals in Entertainment” The author wrote “ These animals include animals that are held and perform tricks in zoo’s shows and circuses, animals that are used as photographic prop tourist and animals used in television and films.” This shows that the people work at zoo’s are putting animals in danger and that the are held as prisoner or forced to be their. For example, “In many cases, the process of obtaining and using animals for entertainment comprises their welfare, depicts them in a humiliating way and could be damaging for entertainment for the conservation of wildlife.” This states that when you take a animals and use it for entertainment that means you are destroying how it asks and eat around you then when they are in their environment.
Zoos have been around since the eighteenth century. A zoo is defined as a compound where wild animals are kept for viewing and studying. The purpose of a zoo is mainly for education and protection, preserving animal species that are either at a risk of becoming extinct or for increased collection size (Jamieson). Animals from around the world have been enclosed in an area where we can admire and study these fine creatures. However, many modern zoos around the world have introduced animal shows, petting and feeding sessions to attract more visitors in order to earn more money. This leads to many concerns from the public on the physical and mental impacts of captivity on the wild animals. This essay examines the advantages and disadvantages of zoos to lead us to a possible conclusion whether it is ethical to place animals in captivity. We will also examine if zoos have the best possible facilities to keep animals in captivity.
This is exactly how animals held captive in zoos and sea-parks feel. Zoos generally hold a variety of animals for public display, also known as “zoological parks.” On the other hand, sea-parks, hold fish and amphibians. These parks that exhibit animals are inhumane and barbaric. Vulnerable creatures are being abused daily and few seem to care about this issue.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION An enormous percentage of people see zoos as just an entertainment, and a place to go with your family and kids, but have you really sat down to think how animals feel when they are kidnapped from their natural habitat, and forced to live in cages for the rest of their lives? Probably, the answer to that previous question will be no. Zoos take down at least 30 animals per year, a figure too high, considering almost half of those 30 are just put down because they are too old or not attractive anymore, not because they are sick, or have any condition at all. Many of you will be concerned about this number, but there are some people who are uncommitted to the animal’s well-being, and just say that because in a zoo you have 2,000 animals, 30 a year is not a big fraction, but… does this really
Deborah Nelson's article “Ringling Brothers Circus’s Treatment of Elephants is Cruel” says more should be done to help hurting Elephants. Nelson states Elephants are being beaten and dying for the way they are being treated. Even when the Elephants are clearly sick, they are still being beaten to perform in shows. Nelson says for years nothing has been done. Videos have been released of the beatings and still nothing.
Imagine living in the perfect home, the place you’ve always lived with friends, family and thousands of miles to roam around and explore. Only to wake up in a cage with the eyes of humans glaring and the flash of cameras reflecting off the glass wall. It looks like home, but the grass is fake, family and friends are gone, food only comes at certain times and the only roaming there is to do remains in the area of the closure. This is the life of an animal that goes from being wild and free to captive in zoos and aquariums. Zoos and aquariums are institutions that capture live animals and keep them in cages or large enclosures for public exhibition.
From the circus to television shows, animals are used constantly to entertain the masses as they are forced to act out in order to promote a business and help them gain money. Rather helping the enterprise obtain more green, they are forcing these poor creatures to forcefully act, some of these instances lead to animal retaliation. For instance, Tilikum, the killer whale from Seaworld, constantly killed many of the employees as Tilikum tries to convey those that he does not belong in the entertainment platform, but many executes disagree and forced the whale to perform many dangerous stunts, leading to Tilikum’s death. To the entertainment businesses out there, these animals aren’t actors and they should be going through physical altercations