Animals don’t have the voice to speak up about being exploited involuntarily for entertainment, so is it ethically right to hold them captive? There are over 750,000 types of animals that are held captive in zoos around the world, not to mention, multiple animals per species. (Statistics Brain). For animals to be held in captivity, it is a necessity to ensure that animals receive the reciprocal of their crucial needs, such as the animals having the correct habitat, social abilities or needs, nutrition, and an appropriate confinement. Zoos around the world have recently been under fire for hiding the reality of the zoo’s version of “The Circle of Life” from visitors.
Abuse in Zoos and Circuses Zoos and Circuses have been around for many years. They provide protection and homes for many animals from around the world. What we do not know is what goes on behind the scenes when the crowds are not there. People of every age come for the entertainment of animals at Zoos and Circuses, but what is not watched is what goes on after the shows are over. In the article “Zoos and Circuses: overview”, it is stated, “Early zoos, aquariums, and circuses obtained their animals from the wild and operated with little understanding of how to care for wild animals in captivity.
And when an animal in a zoo makes a friend their friend could be sold to another zoo leaving both the animals even more stressed and lonely. When you you go to zoos you are supporting this kind of treatment on animals, so when you go to zoos you see the cute happy animals but what you don't see is the stress, frustration, and loneliness the animals have to endure. As you know zoos are horrible to animals but did you know that stress from zoos lead animals to self mudilation. Often time when animals are stressed the resort to unnatural behaviors such as pacing swaing and overe grooming, and if you think thats bad that was just best case scenario. Most of the time animals eat there own vomit and even resort to self mudilation but animals ahav allso been known to eat their own of spring.
Hunting, breeding, and exploring are all taken away when animals are captured for zoos (Parker). All of these stories can show one the behind the scenes of zoos and aquariums. The zoos do not have to be cruel but some choose to be. On the other hand, there are beautiful places out there for animals to be safe and comfortable. The cruelty needs to be stopped so that animals do not have to be in pain anymore.
Furthermore according to a PETA article regarding the abuse of circus animals, when the circus is over animals may be housed in small crates or a solitary confinement that can cause harmful psychological effects. Like primates for example who are very social and, in their natural habitat, live in large spaces and tight knit communities suffer due to lack of space and companionship. Both articles research illustrate that although the animals are not undergoing visible physical abuse, they are still being abused
Prohibiting all types of animal confinement for the safety of animals can be beneficial towards most animals, however, obviously affect the economy negatively. Hundreds of animals kept in circuses and private shows around the world are used as a source of entertainment, education, and profit benefits only. In a study, Marcellini found that fewer than 1% of visitors read the signs provided in zoos and zoological parks to educate the visitors about that specific
And although there are benefits for animals in captivity, it could also be very bad for them. Zoos can be like prisons for the animals inside them, also living in a zoo could restrict natural behaviors that an animal would usually need, and also animal habitats have gotten destroyed and as a result, people put the surviving animals in zoos when in fact there is a much better alternative. Zoos can be like a prison for animals. In the article “Do Animals Loose in Zoos?” it references that a zoo is like a prison for an animal, and that is the truth. Animals need room to soar and run and play around and instead they are kept in a cage all day and aren’t given a lot of room to move and play around as they would please.
The animals in the zoos were not willing to be taken from the wild just to sit in cages. Tourism has made zoos very profitable for the close interaction with the animals. Although from the other side of the cage the animals look fine but truly they are terrified. Tiger cubs are often taken from there mothers only after a few months. Customers will pay a high price to hold, pet, photograph these young animals.
As even though there’s many cases of animals being harmed and mistreated by zoo personal, there’s just as many cases of the animals being treated with love. [research about all the good zoos do for animals]. Illnesses that befall the animals, that would otherwise kill them if they were in the wild, can get treated almost immediately with veterinarians and nurses that work for zoos. Feeding the animals is also a prime concern for zoos so starvation isn’t as common in zoos as it is in the wild. Zoo animals also are safe from natural predators and hunting that occurs in the wild.
Anatole France once said “Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Animals have been slowly losing their independence for decades. It all started when the pilgrims came to the Americas from other countries. Animals were forced to leave their homes in order for the newcomers to have a place to live. Humans have completely taken over the places where animals used to roam freely. Animals do not have rights due to the lack of human knowledge, facilities such as zoos and the use of animals research.