Should Great Apes (Chimps, Gorillas, Bonobos, Orangutans) be banned from captivity in zoos ?
Scientists tell us that the Great Apes are our closest living relatives based on DNA studies. Some people may not believe that apes and humans are related based on religious grounds, but there is no denying that the Great Apes all display emotions that we can recognise in humans. If we humans value freedom so much for ourselves and could not think how we could even cope with being held in captivity for doing nothing wrong, how could we be so sure that similar emotions might not be going through the apes mind.
Keeping any animal captive in a zoo is sad and may seem wrong. However could you imagine how wrong it would be if we didn't keep any of them captive and they ended up extinct?
According to the World Wildlife Fund there are:
100,000 to 200,000 gorillas
150,000 to 250,000 chimpanzees
10,000 to 50,000 bonobos
So if we stop keeping them captive, stop helping them reproduce, then what do we do when they end up not existing anymore? Keeping them captive, as mean as it may seem, is protecting them and the science.
It's a sad situation isn't it. Humans destroy the habitats that these animals live in, and some kill them for game or for food. Right now, it does seem that keeping them in zoos is one way for the survival of their species, though not the ideal.
All zoos, circuses and any shows that promote enslavement of any animal should be banned as soon as possible.
Out of curiosity, what is your solution for extinction?
You seem a thoughtful and considerate person Annsalo. What do you think ofbthis : http://www.peta.org/about-peta/faq/dont … d-species/
I think it's a valid pt, however in the meantime of trying to stop the cause for extinction we have to continue to keep captive and populate. Ideal world we wouldn't need to, but fixing the problem in the wild is not overnight fix.
The average gorilla captivity lives from 40 years to more than 50 years. Still, the typical life span of a gorilla in captivity is 50 years. The average gorilla lives 35-45 years in the wild. Due to illegal hunting chopping trees down to build homes, the number of gorillas are decreasing. Like most animals, Gorillas live much longer in captivity.captivity.
"Scientists" would say Gorillas are our closest living relative because "scientists" believe in a false science of evolution and so believe that we actually evolved from an ape like creature and so are related.
The truth is God created all the animals, each after it's own kind and he created man. If they are related it is not through evolution but because they were all created by the same creator, no different than the idea automobiles created by the same engineers are similar in some respects.
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