Animals are subjected to tests that are often painful or cause permanent damage or death, and they are never given the option of not participating in the experiment. Regan further says, for example, that "animal [experimentation] is morally wrong no matter how much humans may benefit because the animal's basic right has been infringed. Risks are not morally transferable to those who do not choose to take them" (qtd. in Orlans 26). Animals do not willingly sacrifice themselves for the advancement of human welfare and new technology.
Animals do not express general feelings and one can not ask what they actually feel at the moment. People put emphasis on animal’s general health and on the rate of stress, that they may feel because of it. However, it can not be said for sure, whether the animal is happy because of the absence of stress. As a result, the question that has to be answered is whether the animals that are kept in zoos are happier that those who are in the wild. For people, it is a difficult question to be answered, as it is unbelievable cruelty to be kept in conditions, where one does not have any choice of what to do, eat, even when one can have everything that is needed.
All living species should be treated with care and respect, no organisms should be made a commodity for the sake of human interest. Exotic animals, which are unusual or rare species such as lions, tigers, and non-human primates – are nowadays kept within households as pets. However, according to research, 98% of the people believe that exotic animals should not be kept as “pets”. Such opinions are due to several reasons that are sometimes supported and other times opposed. Exotic animals should not be treated as pets because they are not completely tamable, they belong to their natural habitat, and they may be transmitting zoonotic diseases to those around them.
Although zoos are fun to visit, animals should not be held in captivity because the breed can become overpopulated, they do not know how to survive on their own, and they are being abused. While it is true that some species are going extinct; animals in zoos, however, can become overpopulated sending animals to their deaths. According to an article by One Green Planet, the text states that “Surplus animals can also be animals that the zoo no longer finds profitable, cubs that were a big hit the year before might be replaced by newer, younger animals. Since zoos are not responsible for lifetime care of animals, they can get rid of the animals who are no longer profitable or useful” (The Shocking Truth About What Happens to ‘Surplus’ Zoo Animals, One Green Planet). This shows that zoos will sell their animals to their death to gain business.
Animals show symptoms of this in a long list of strange behaviors: head bobbing, pacing, rocking, biting themselves, sitting motionless and more. Zoos have lifted the concern of many people, and raise the question, should we get rid of them? On one side, they say no. Think about the educational value behind
Furthermore, visitors' reckless behavior of throwing improper food or other substances can be a safety hazard for zoo animals. On the other hand, many zoo-owners are mean with money spent on the scientific design of zoos' construction, resulting in a lack of adequate protection for visitors. Even if the design of the zoos' construction has greatly improved, zoos are still dangerous for human beings for some unpredictable factors. Presumably, you still remember the case that a male visitor died from being attacked by a tiger in Ning Bo on 29 January 2017 due to his intention of sneaking across the area which the tiger inhabited in order to steal a ride. Chances are that danger lies in recklessness and unpredictability.
Imagine going to the zoo. Getting to see all sorts of unique animals. But has anyone wondered if the zoo is helping animals or is it the opposite? People had despised zoos for animal captivity and complained that zoos should be illegal. Why is that?
Also, animals are not getting the right amount of space. Lastly, animals are getting a disease called Zoochosis. After reading this essay You can be the judge if zoos are helpful or harmful to animals. First, zoos are harmful to animals because zoos are not giving animals a healthy diet. In the article Zoos The Historical Debate it states, “Red Pandas died after ingesting rat poison.I can 't imagine how they found the rat poison.
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.
I believe that we should be against animal cruelty because animals have never done anything to us and if they have, it’s because it was how they were raised and treated from when they were little. If we stopped hurting animals and treating them like they don’t deserve to live or be loved then we would have less problems with animal cruelty and less animal attacks. I think people should have more rules and regulations to keep a pet. Such as, they can’t have a past of animal abuse or neglecting of any animals. People shouldn’t have over five pets in their house, or they might hoard and neglect their animals by not feeding them regularly or not giving them enough attention, so they might become mean or scared around people.