Arguments About Zoos

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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. The ongoing controversy topic about zoos is the reason why I will spend this semester researching about the benefits and disadvantages of this unresolved issue with hopes to propose a solution for this matter. Since zoos have resulted in unnecessary deaths, emotional distress, and unethical captivation of thousands of animals, the industry of zoos must be put into action.
Over the years, zoos have
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Being the most obvious, the pacing of big cats (lions, tigers, cheetahs etc.) is being misunderstood by many visitors. Wild lions normally spend an average of 20 hours per day sleeping, but studies had shown that captive lions spend around 45% of their day pacing. This behavior of walking back and forth is a major sign of distress. In the book, Wild Animals in Captivity written by Rob Laidlaw, he explained his unexpected discovery of the lizard’s behaviors between two different lizards he encountered. He further describes how active and energetic the lizard he found in the zoo’s gardens compared to the lifeless lizard stuck in a small aquarium. Laidlaw’s discovery signifies that regardless of size, space and stimulation is essential to their natural behaviors and

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