Reading comprehension: An argument against zoos

Zoos, Animals and Animal Rights

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Another one of the many arguments against zoos is that the animals are not living fulfilling lives, suffering psychological distress as a result. Animals kept in captivity, whether they are bred there or not, suffer from multiple mental problems including boredom, confinement disorders, and general stress. This stress is made worse by captive breeding that inevitably occurs as zoos attempt to bring in more visitors. Baby animals are a major attraction for all zoos, but when zoos take advantage of this fact, it can lead to over population of a certain animal, making it necessary to reduce the number of adult animals. While zoos sometimes sell their surplus to other zoos, other methods of population reduction in zoos include selling the animals to circus rings and hunting facilities, as well as going so far as to having them euthanized, none of which are humane for the animal.

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Against Zoos, by Dale Jamieson - Animal Rights Library

There is many an argument against zoos in today’s world that bring about a moral dilemma for any free thinking individual. The most popular of these arguments is that, quite simply, zoos are unnatural. What living, sentient being would want to be contained in a small, artificial habitat for the rest of its life? Many wildlife activists have argued that each living creature has a set of undeniable rights just like humans do. By containing a wild animal and keeping it away from its natural habitat, that animal is subsequently stripped of its basic right to freedom and liberty. The freedom that is being taken away from these animals, whether injured, endangered, or perfectly healthy, is not humanity’s right to jeopardize. Simply being endangered or injured does not mean that an individual life has fewer rights than any other. Additionally, removing animals that are considered endangered from the wild only endangers the species further.

Arguments Against Zoos

It is a fact that zoos exist in major cities of the world. Nowadays, while many people are in favor of zoos, others claim that zoos should not exist and the animals should live in their natural habitat. I would like to put some pros and cons of zoos and let each person decide on their own what they believe.

Here are some arguments against zoos. First of all, animals should not be held in captivity in big cages because they are living creatures and they need to be free. According to a recent research, animals in zoos live less than those that live in the wild. Moreover an enormous amount of money is needed for the animals care, thus sometimes zoos don’t make any profit at all, and since a zoo is a business...the less money they have the less care they can offer the animals. Another point is that some animals lose their natural instinctive attributes. For example, animals such as lions need to hunt; however in zoos they don’t have this choice. The ideal solution for the endangered species would be for the experts to be able to help and protect them in their natural environment. But unfortunately this is far from reality.

Here are some arguments in favor of zoos. Everybody knows that organized zoos do their best to save animals that are endangered. They make a great effort to help endangered animals reproduce to keep their species alive. They make visitors more aware of the problems of endangered species. Furthermore, visiting zoos allows zoos to collect money to continue their efforts while at the same time it offers family entertainment and education which cannot be offered in the wild. Many zoos find injured or hurt animals and bring them back to health where as in the wild they would have died. Also zoos come to the rescue of abused animals and offer them a better home.

In conclusion, my initial reaction is animals should not be a “prisoner” of zoos, this is not their natural habitat. But on the other hand, a well organized zoo that has rules and regulations can offer a good home for animals. It can also offer a safe haven to endangered species that otherwise might not be around if certain zoos did not care to protect these species. The finally decision if zoos are good or bad is for you and your conscious to make!

The subject of zoos is a controversial one, with heated opinions on each side. Let's take a look at some of the many arguments against zoos.