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. Body One of the advantages of having zoos, is to provide protection to some animals that are endangered.
“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who do nothing.” -Albert Einstein Animal abuse is a problem that has been going on for a while, but early in the last century; people have began to call it out. It wasn’t until 1936 that the first animal shelter had started by Caroline Earle White. However, others have taken an advantage of this, and just send stray animals to shelters, and it seems fine, right? Well, this is where the violence comes in:There are some shelters were there are “no-kill” policies where some shelters will euthanize the animals for no good reason. Some animal shelters have no-kill policies while others don’t.
Likewise, infant chimpanzees are frequently taken alive and sold in cities as pets. As a result, chimpanzee have already disappeared completely from four countries and are under tremendous pressure everywhere else they live. The photo should not have been included as it shows only one perspective of the situation and does not include the overall outlook for the chimpanzees. The photo on page 114 is inappropriate as it creates a lot of controversy. Not only does the photo present a religious bias that diminishes the credibility of the article, but it also may offend those who are religious.
Weir wrote, “For primates and other social mammals, the chance to interact with one another is an important part of a healthy environment.” I would struggle if I was unable to interact with other people on a daily basis. I have gone a week or two without seeing another person before and I ended up leaving the house just to get some much needed interaction. I was so caught up in my own thoughts I was arguing with myself in the shower. Having somebody to interact with improves my mental state, so it would make sense that it would also improve the lives of captive animals. Weir went on to talk about zoos and the research they do in enriching the lives of the animals in zoos.
In addition, this might make the whale die faster than what they are supposed to live to. Other people might say it might non’t affect it but I think they might die faster. The second piece of evidence from article “Should Orca Shows Be Banned?” is who they live with says Naomi Rose, a marine mammal scientist in Washington D.C. “They are living with what are essentially strangers,”says Rose. I wonder when they are together in captivity, that they might attack each other. In addition to my thinking they just ignore them which makes them have different
Zoos may be very necessary for endangered species. But, there are different ways how to save and continue endangered species, and every zoo have had choice how they do it. Some zoos are breeding endangered species trying to continue the species, but that is not right, because it leads to very complicated health issues. For example white tiger who are very rare animal, breeding requirements are that all white tigers parents must be white tigers too, to get only white tiger, and so are zoos breeding white tigers fathers with their daughters and mothers with their sons. But some zoos again are preserving and studying endangered species in captivity to save endangered species in the wild.
This is concluded in the autobiography "In Yosemite with John Muir" by Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt talked about the wildlife and nature. In the autobiography, Roosevelt shares the sensational experience he had at Yosemite. If the parks weren't protected then the future generation would miss out on the marvelous experience at Yosemite He said "The majestic trunks, beautiful in color and in symmetry, rose round us like the pillars of a mightier cathedra than ever was conceived...Hermit-thrushes sang beautifully in the evening and again, with a burst of wonderful music, at dawn. "(Passage 2 paragraph 21) President Roosevelt also shares his thought on the camping trip "I shall always be glad that I was in the Yosemite with John Muir and the Yellowstone with John Burroughs.
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.
Researchers of a study performed on wild and captive orangutans write, “…Factors such as improper hygienic situations, improper diet, diseases, obesity, injuries from exhibits, poor adaption to a climate, spread of infections, inbreeding, and social stress might actually increase mortality in captivity”, (De Vries 680). The study described how the modern improvements for zoo animals have only recently matched the average survival rate of wild species. Although this statement is true to some degree, it can also be argued that studies on mental characteristic are not one hundred percent accurate. Another study on assessing the mental health of captive and wild chimpanzees describes the multitude of uncontrollable variables when testing hypothesizes. The testing methods are not catered specifically to nonhuman primates and to other non-vocal species.
This definitely helped a lot, but still doesn’t fix the problem with predators. Predators are like robbers of their prey’s life. Once one is caught, predators never let go. While some may argue that being in a zoo will affect an animal’s hunting skills, it’s not always the best plan to let endangered animals free in the wild. It stands to reason that society should continue keeping our animals safe from danger in