The argument on whether confininganimals is right in zoos is a popular topic. The developing interest in natureand other species led to the introduction of zoos in 1763 in Paris, France.This allowed close up studies on the animals and allows entertainment and alearning experience for the public. Withall said, trapping animals in small spaces and unnatural habitats sounds like aprison for the animals. Azoo allows an educational experience which brings people closer to wildlife andalso allows scientist do some beneficial research.
Zoos also help protectendangered species by working on local conservation efforts to keep specificanimals with threats of distinction population increasing. There are activitiesusing local habitats near the zoo, this gives the people a hands on view ofwhat is sharing this land with you and if endangered what you can do to help. Anadvantage that I wouldn’t mind for myself would be free meals in a habitat bestsuit for me, which is a modern flat. To keep all animals protected they havethe AZA, this association makes sure all exhibitors have high quality of animalcare for example the proper nutrition, medical care, and habitats are best suitfor each animal. What zoos also provides for the animals is availableveterinary care.
Many zoos have what they call a treatment room, this allowsfor animals to be brought for regular examination so good health is maintained.The zoo also provides many good paying jobs, it can be used as an economicresource for a community. Azoo may provide free food for the animals but they have a habitat similar totheir own with limited space. Even natural habitat enclosures do not fit allthe needs of all animals. Modern zoos try to replicate all animals’ habitats,for animals such as an elephant this is impossible.
A herd of elephants walk30- 50 kilometers every day, traveling in herds of 40 + elephants. The small enclosurealso effect the elephant’s mood, they migratory animals so staying in one spotmakes them aggressive. Keeping these animals in captivity has questionableethics. May be a cat or a dog can do good in captivity but animals like an orcafor example would only live 17 year in captivity but when free can live up to100 years. Another reason is when animals that were born in captivity arereleased into their habitats if part of a predator species they will be killed.The concept of a zoo puts animal’s lives second to our own, when somebodytempers with the animal enclosure it’s the animals’ life that’s put at risk.For example, in 2016 an unaccompanied 3 year old baby crawled into a gorillasfenced in area and to protect the baby they had to kill the gorilla.
Thegorilla was male named Harambe and his life matters just like mine. The maincritique people have regarding zoos is that they are merely places for humanamusement. People usually go to the zoo for a day of fun, not for a day ofeducational learning. These animals are being captured and placed into zoos forno reason other than human amusement.Myopinion is, it may be true that in the past there has been many cases of animalcruelty, however there has been continuous improvement in facilities andstandards that must be held. There are too many advantages that having zoosprovide that you can’t just take them away.
In ways some of the animalscaptured are rescued and the zoo with their vets bring them back to 100% whilewatching their progress. In a way the zoo can be looked as a an animalhospital, certain animals should stay in their rightful habitat but the animalsthat need help and are not ready or healthy enough to be released into thewild. We can open this up to the public to see the different species to helpeducate the public. I think certain animals’ people should have to travel totheir habitat to see them.
We shouldn’t be able to bring them to our facilitiesfor our convenience, if we want to see an elephant in Africa they have safarisset up and they drive across a couple herds. Maybe if they see an elephantinjured bad and the best facility for treatment would be a zoo in America Iunderstand that but when the elephant is at 100% they must send the elephantback. I just think these should be basic laws to help treat animals fairly becausethey are living beings just like us. Animals are not entertainment noteverything the world provides has t