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.
But some zoos again are preserving and studying endangered species in captivity to save endangered species in the wild. For example the San Diego Zoo researchers are working to preserve living cell samples from animals. Hoping that one day they will have the technology to turn cells into full animals, which could allow scientists to restore endangered species. So zoos have had the choice how to save endangered species, ones what are quicker or ones what are not possible to do right now. No one is born to be prisoner.
People say that zoos are important for education and are a great way for people to learn about exotic animals (Agnew n.p). Researchers cannot learn as much when animals are captive, you can learn just as much or even more while they are in their natural habitat. While some believe that zoos are important for education, they also believe that zoos are necessary for the survival of species (Zoos n.p). Most zoos claim that they take in extinct and needy animals, most animals at zoos aren’t orphaned, extinct, or injured at all (Zoos n.p). Lastly, one big claim is that zoos help conservation of animals (Borrel n.p).
This exposure and education motivate people to protect the animals and provide entertainment. Zoos save endangered species by bringing them into a safe environment, where they are protected from poachers, habitat loss, starvation, and predators. “The Arabian Oryx was hunted to extinction in the wild. However, from just a handful of animals in captivity the species was brought back from the brink thanks the conservation efforts of Phoenix Zoo and others. Through this incredible work, there are now over 1,000 of these magnificent animals back in the wild and thousands more looked after by zoos worldwide.”(CSA, page 1) “In 1975 the wild population of the Puerto Rican parrot was down to just 13 birds.
This can be beneficial, but does not need an animal to be captive. Education is not reason enough for animals to be kept captive and although some are great at helping support wild animals in need too many zoos are not. According to WDC the zoo Seaworld only gives $600 for conservation efforts for every million dollars the zoo earns. (The fate of captive orcas). Unfortunately, other zoos have similar low support for wild
Growing up I had my own idea of what a zoo was, a place like the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo full of beautiful animals and dedicated to education, research, and conservation. After persistent research I have come to find that not all zoos are the same. Zoos can range from nationally ranked research facilities to makeshift “monkey-shows” dedicated to profit. The debate of whether zoos are ethical can be easily split between animal rights activists and zoo advocates. Animal rights activists argue that it is inhumane to house animals in inadequate habitats and are upset that many species that aren’t considered endangered are being held in zoos around the world.
Are animals getting trapped into prisons, or taken into sanctuaries? People have argued over many years about how animals shouldn’t be caged in zoos, though others have also argued that animals are safer in zoos than they are in the wildlife. Though it is true that animals belong in their more natural habitats rather than man-made habitats, perhaps some are safer behind cages than to be let out into the cruel world. Zoos should still have the ability to bring animals into their zoos, especially endangered ones. Allowing zoos to continue on with what they do can allow them to prevent endangered species from going extinct, have animals receive proper care from experts, and allow people to educate themselves with the wildlife around them, and learn more about what the world really does hold.
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
Orcas in Captivity Orca care today has drastically worsened and is not suitable for the minimal care needed to provide for the orcas. Some may argue that keeping animals in captivity will improve their quality of life. However, animals that are reintroduced into habitats after being held in captivity fail to respond to the wilderness with optimal success. Allowing animals to survive, provide, and thrive in their natural habitat not only provides for their psychological needs, but it helps to keep the quality of the environment around them more desirable. Protecting animals in their natural habitat is a more rational plan that is prone to succeed than holding animals in a cesspool of captivity.
This argument is split into three main viewpoints, the opinion that zoos harm animals, the opinion that zoos save endangered species, and a mix between the two. Viewpoint number three is more of a critique how zoos are good places where bad things happen and should be reformed. Each option has its own individual pros and cons but a reform of zoos and their standards would be the most economical for zoos and aquariums and this method would also be the least harmful and less stressful for the animals involved. The care and wellbeing of the animals involved should be the number one priority of all groups and by cutting back on over breeding, the phasing out of lager animals that naturally roam large distances, and creating environments that’s sole purpose is to educate people, zoos can become a better place for people and animals
An important role that the Indianapolis Zoo plays is connecting people to the natural world by allowing interactions to animals that they may never encounter otherwise. By creating that interaction we open up a dialogue to share with them the true status of the wild places of our planet. Often, I feel that the general person envisions the environment as pristine wildernesses where remote places are free from human induced issues. In reality, there are few places untouched or truly pristine. What zoos and aquariums excel at is bringing these issues to the forefront of our guests without making doomsday statements.