Should all zoos be banned?
This is in regards to GOOD zoos, not the ones that are obviously cruel to animals. Many people despise all zoos. Regardless of how well the animals are kept, they firmly and vehemently believe all animals should be left wild and free. However, many zoos do a lot of good work to protect wild animals and their shrinking habitats, and they work hard to educate the public on issues about conservation. Do you think it's wrong to support the captivity and display of wild animals even if the zoo does work towards wildlife conservation?
Banning a zoo because people have fanciful notions of how they should be living sounds pretty silly, doesn't it? What should be banned are any laws that adhere to someone's ideological beliefs and not actual animal cruelty/ animal welfare principals. It's not a matter of conservation, many people's livelihoods have been built on the foundation of decent zoos and there is no question that it is highly debatable that animals don't live perfectly fine lives there. Banning zoos would be a tragedy and a violation of common sense.
Some animals just couldn't exist without zoo's due to over hunting oftern for things like medicines, ornaments or fur and the pet trade or due to habitat loss. Good zoo's have breeding programes where they attempt to breed animals responsibly, so that they attempt to maintain genetic diversity within a species. Some Zoo's partake in reintroduction programmes. Some animals zoos decide that they will not attempt to reintroduce certain animals because they believe that the chances of them being killed by humans is too great. Many species are near extinction and keeping them alive in zoos can maintain them for a day when they can be safely reintroduced to the wild should humans change their attitude towards animals. If someone tells you that there is a creature called a rhino in Africa that is near extinction does that mean as much or anything at all compared to seeing a rhino and someone telling you about the state of their population? If someone sees a huge elephant and gets to spend time watching them, understanding them then would they be less likely to want to own a piece of ivory if they know the true price of it? People will always be against things and maybe in an ideal world they should be free however before that can happen so much needs to change in the thinking of human society, worldwide.
You basically answered the question yourself - many zoos actually protect animals, and give them a much safer and happier life than if they were in the wild with predators going after them. Zoos go through very strict checks and regulations as to the size of cages, the diet of animals, etc.
People destroy animal habits. They cut down the woods to build houses and then complain that the animals are invading their territory. They move beside a swamp and kill the alligators for going onto their property. Good zoos protect animals and they show them off. It is good for people to see the animals and learn about them.
It is much better let the animals live in large protected natural habitats. However they cost money. Parks and zoos make money so they can keep protecting the animals. The best thing about zoos is that they can protect animals from other countries where they don't protect them, including dangerous ones.
I don't think it is wrong to support the captivity and display of wild animals but it is wrong to support zoos and other places that mistreat the animals. The money should go to the good places where they will spend it on making sure the animals are well taken care of.
yes, should ban the zoos. Look at Malaysia zoo. The wild animals are kept in filthy cage, stinky and dirty with faeces. The zookeeper are "eating snake"
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