Ethical Issues In Zoos

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3.0 ANALYSIS OF THE IDENTIFIED PROBLEM IN MANAGEMENT Ethical decision are not simple choices between what is right and wrong. Managing ethical issues made more difficult when one is directly involved in the situation The decision made must be balanced between the pros and cons in order to satisfy all parties . This can be created by methods of analysis which helps to resolve ethical problems faced by the zoo management. I will apply the problem of unethical towards zoo animals especially suffered by the elephants with all three of types of analysis. Description of each analysis is as follows : 3.1 Economic Analysis Cruelty towards animals in the zoo not only retards the normal development of the wild animals but it also has an effect on…show more content…
This includes the matter of law. In fact the law has clearly stated where right and wrong. What we can do and cannot do. But it is of human nature not to comply with what has been laid against us. To my opinion what is unethical, is also illegal. For example forcing an elephant for a ride just to satisfy zoo visitors is wrong. However, as has been explained, zoo keepers often ignore the matter. They are more interested in satisfying their customers than taking care of the welfare of the animals. Although the zoo staff is making a mistake the customer should specify wrong or right. In this case, some customers usually do not care about it as long as their aim to ride on the elephant is fullfilled. We can examine here the legal position of human and animal safety. The risk of injury or even death is high in this zoo especially the poor elephants. Furthermore, the furious and stressful elephants may also cause injury or even death either to the people in charge of zoos, visitors or even to the animals themselves. As such, there are regulations to protect people and especially animals from such risk. There is Tort Law and also The Animal Welfare Act 2006. Tort Law governs liability of management of a premise such as the zoo. Negligence and occupier’s liability is the main branch of tort law which is the most relevant to accidents in zoos. The Animal welfare Act 2006…show more content…
Each organization has its own code of ethics to be observed by all employees. Any act that violates the code of ethics is ethical misconduct and will be subject to disciplinary action. When commercialisation takes over in a zoo, ethics can become clouded. In the above case, the elephant handlers and the zoo management has shown negative behavior by cruelly treating the elephants. Striving to earn a reputation as a prestigious zoo is noble, but it requires commitment. Most zoo organisations are financially driven, and it is possible to be both ethical and successful. A manager should always act in accordance with the belief of what that is "right" and "proper" and "just" .This is ethical. It is my strong view that the zoo management should always outweigh commercial and scientific interest. The zookeepers and managers should lead by example and show kindness and empathy to wildlife. The management should create habitats which enable the animals to live in proper social groupings, to breed and to raise their young. Carefully designed zoo habitats, which allow the animals to behave much as their wild counterparts, inspire and motivate visitors to think about conservation. This is how it should
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