Introduction An issue that is hotly debated is whether zoos are ethical. Some people think that zoos should not exist, but research shows that zoos are ethical. Zoos give people an opportunity to observe animals that they would not usually see(“Zoo facts and worksheets”). Zoos are proven to be good for many reasons. Zoos are ethical because they provide their animals with a good life, they can save animals, and they are a good place to visit to.
Oh no you have just been shot by a tranquilizer dart and you 're put in a truck and you never see your friends and family ever again. Well that 's what happens when animals go to zoos. Zoos are harmful to animals. To begin with, Animals aren 't getting the right diet when they live in zoos. Also, animals are not getting the right amount of space.
They do many activities like a scavenger hunt or a zoo school. They learn a lot about the animals. Lastly, the main and important reason is that zoos stop animals from going extinct. They do this by giving the animals a open area to breed which saved many animal species. So think about it, whether animals are being treated poorly or not.
In fact, “most of the members found in zoos are not endangered or threatened species, only 18% actually are” (Zoos Hurt Conservation). In fact, many of the animals being bred are babies because that is what brings visitors. Another clear reason that such parks are for profit. The few that do face extinction, including elephants, polar bears, gorillas, tigers, and chimpanzees will never be released into the wild to strengthen diminishing populations (An Idea). Parks claim that conservation is the main reason they are open, but nearly half of all organizations spend 1% of their revenues in conservation (Zoos Hurt Conservation).
Well, two of the main reasons are because bees pollinate a third of everything we eat and play a vital role in sustaining the planets ecosystems. This is an example of how some animals are more important than what we think. We have to protect our animals, because they play a significant role in our lives. When you go to the zoo, you see animals who don’t feel comfortable with their environment, and who were taken away from their habitats (yes, there are still zoos that import animals from the wild). Did you know that in zoos 40% of lion cubs die before one month of age, while in the wild only 30% of cubs die, and almost one third of those deaths are due to factors which are absent in zoos, like predation?
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without zoos? Would animals have more freedom and prosper? From my perspective, they would. Some might say that zoos and captivity organizations help save endangered species and can provide a source of entertainment and education, but the benefits of keeping animals in zoos, circuses, and the like are far outweighed by the disadvantages and drawbacks. In my opinion, animals should not be taken into captivity because of their inhumane treatment, lack of natural freedom, and lackluster regulations to defend them.
The first time I went to the Bronx zoo, I was really excited because I loved animals and seeing them was the next best to interacting with them. At that time, I never thought or questioned why these animals were behind fences and glass enclosures but today I understand why. Think this year thousands of locals and tourists will flock to Zoos all around the world in hopes of seeing animals one can only see in the wild, or on T.V. Some people argue that animals shall not be kept in zoos as they deserve freedom. On the other hand, some people argue that animals should be kept in zoos but put yourself in their shoes, how would you like it if you got taken from your habitat and family and got put in a cage, locked up where all you do is stare back into the eyes watching your every move.
Animals need their space to roam and swim and play, but in zoos animals are kept in cages and are restricted and that has a negative impact on animals and could jeopardize their mental health and happiness, also living in a zoo can restrict animals from learning their natural behaviors that they need and is not beneficial to them, also habitats get destroyed every day and instead of putting the surviving animals in zoos, sanctuaries or nature parks are a better alternative, they keep the animals safe and sill give them the opportunity to live the life of a wild animal. If there is a better alternative to putting animals in a zoo where they aren’t forced to do tricks to entertain people or where they aren’t restricted from learning their natural instincts in the wild, why aren’t more animals going
If you have ever been to a zoos you would that the animals are happy right? But being in closed cages all of their lives doesn’t sound fun at all right? I personally think that this would not be fun at all for the animals because this takes away there natural instincts of hunting and other abilities. Viviana Peretti an Italian photographer photographed for three months at the Bronx Zoo in New York. She stated that it was a shame to, “transport exotic animals to New York and imprison them for the entertainment of a public that is so often looking for a trophy photo.” I think this statement accurately describes the reason why we put animals in cages.
Many zoos also have breeding programs for all kinds of species, endangered or not, and learn even more about the species during the breeding, and rearing process. Zoos play a role in educating people about animals and play an important part in animal conservation. While much information on animals is available through printed materials and the Internet, it's way much better being near them seeing what they actually are. Many people lack the means to travel to the native habitats of most animals, however, zoos bring animals from many different climates and locations together in one place. For many people as well, the experience of being close to these animals has more impact than simply reading about them.