Should animals be kept in captivity in Zoos and Wildlife Parks?
Animals play important roles in humans’ lives, whether it is a pet or simply the animals at the zoo By bringing people and animals together, zoos educate the public and foster an appreciation of the animals. This exposure and education motivates people to protect the animals. Also, seeing an animal in person is a much more personal and more memorable experience than seeing that animal in a nature documentary.
Zoos save endangered species by bringing them into a safe environment, where they are protected from poachers, habitat loss, starvation and predators. Many zoos also have breeding programs for these species, because in the wild these individuals might have trouble finding mates and breeding.
All animal exhibitors are regulated by the federal Animal Welfare Act, which establishes high standards for care. Also, many, even though not all zoos care very much about their animals, for examples, as you can see in the image on the right hand side, the San Francisco Zoo, brought in ten tonnes of man made snow for the polar bear’s 30th birthday. This was also very expensive and it shows us how much the San Francisco Zoo cares about It’s animals, considering that it is very rare for it to snow in San Francisco. Arguments Against Zoos
From an animal rights standpoint, we do not have a right to breed, capture and confine other animals, even if they are endangered. Being a member of an endangered species doesn't mean the individual animals have fewer rights. •
Animals in captivity suffer from stress, boredom and confinement. Intergenerational bonds are broken when individuals get sold or traded to other zoos, and no pen or even drive-through safari can compare to the freedom of the wild. •
Baby animals bring in visitors and money, but this incentive to breed new baby animals leads to overpopulation. Surplus animals are sold not only to other zoos, but also to circuses, canned hunting facilities,...
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