Zoo or Animal’s Jail?
When I was a child, I went to the zoo all the time with my family. I love animals and as a child I enjoyed watching them. I thought being able to see them in person would be neat, but once I saw them “up close and personal,” it was evident that the animals were miserable. It instantly became very clear that the animals imprisoned in zoos were sad and don’t want to be kept in artificial environments; many were sick and depressed. To put it simply, zoos are imprisoning animals who want to be free. Many people aren’t aware of the cruelty behind zoos. Zoos are like prisons for animals, and they need to be outlawed. Some people may argue that zoos are suitable for aged and injured animals, because they can enjoy the comfort. In reality, animals in the zoos are not in their natural habitat, and they live in small cages and have an unhealthy diet. It is impossible to obtain a place where different animals live as they do in the wild. For one reason, there are many annoying sounds and lights bothering animals, mostly from other animals. Sloths, mammals with slowest metabolism compared to others, need a very quiet habitat. Bats are night creatures who are constantly bothered during the day at zoos. In many cases, the size of the cage is relatively small to the size of the animal; for example, whereas elephants are used to walking far distances in a day or seals are used to making big loops around icebergs, they are not able to perform either in a zoo. Another side of the story is their bad diet. Animals usually do not get enough nutrients from packaged food in zoos. In addition, wild animals need to hunt their food in order to have a balanced metabolism. Other people believe that zoos are useful because they have research and educational value, and they are like a living laboratory. In fact, constant human presence is a stressor to most animals, interrupting their normal behavior. Animals have to bear with people staring at them all the time while...
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