Have you ever felt sad when you saw zoo animals in small enclosures? Why or why not?
"Small" is relative. If I see an animal in the improper enclosure, yes, it makes me sad. The reason is that the animal will live in the improper environment likely for the remainder of its life. This doesn't happen often with the zoos I've attended, which include the Bronx Zoo, Maritime Aquarium, and Leo Zoological Conservation Center. I've seen many horrible enclosures and care standards at two small nature centers I've volunteered at and pet stores. Many people do not know what a 'good enclosure' is and deem it awful unless it's acres large. But good animal care is more than just the cage size.
I have never liked seeing people keep Bettas in those tiny fish bowls. Well, some of the ones I've seen wasn't even a bowl, more like a plastic container sold as a "betta bowl."
I was more then sad when i went to the zoo in Toronto and saw gorillas in cages. they just sat there looking like they were in a trance. the cage seemed so confining and they seemed like they had given up trying to enjoy living. it was depressing.
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