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Zoos and SeaWorld are inhumane because wild animals are kept in captivity?

Updated on February 9, 2014

This is the view you wake up to in the morning in the fall!

Glory be to nature a true God.
Glory be to nature a true God. | Source

Sorry but that is just naive and actually kind of stupid.

Before you read this further, ask yourself if you have ever lived in the wild, basically naked and survived. Most will answer in the negative even though they are animals. We assume humans are smarter than animals. (maybe a bad assumption).

The young person in question one time was taken to a wonderful summer cabin where all the people, except elderly and infirmed slept outside. Big comfy cushions and blankets a plenty were there along with outside pillows and a grassy meadow/lawn to sleep in with stars overhead and the cabin only 50 feet away. No less than eight of us were out there including 2 children. Yes a babbling brook and bordered by a wonderfully kept forest. Talk about heaven to fall asleep in.

But the young person was too afraid of the beasts that could be in the forest so he went back inside the cabin to sleep. And this same person thinks it is inhumane to keep an animal in a habitat specifically designed for it and just the right amount of food and social interaction and a doctor on stand by every minute of every day.

And here is the view in early spring.

Life is tough out in the "wild". hihihihi
Life is tough out in the "wild". hihihihi | Source

Theme song for movie "Into the Wild" movie that kind of proves my point.

You do not belong in my wilderness. Sorry you just can come visit shortly.

In 1969 my scout master drove me and Paul down a long hot dusty road about 5 miles from the highway which was in the middle of nowhere. We had packs that were light and a quart of water and two candy bars a piece and about 1/4 pound of jerky. We were twelve and already moving toward our Order of the Arrow membership and 4 days survival training (read that make it alive) was required.

Well we found out that Bat does not taste like chicken but frog does and fish will trap themselves under rocks if you splash hard enough and then dive under after them. Dandelions and watercress make a delicious salad. Prickly pear fruit and black berries are a perfect desert.

We tracked down every small critter we could found but after the first day only watched most of them if we needed to come back and eat them later. On the third day with great skinned and smoked snake and two similar frogs we decided to fast, and just give reverence to our friends the plants and animals. We are human and we fashioned killing tools and cutting and scavenging tools. That night in our "cave" we built an extra large fire, and in that dirt mapped out where we would put our garden and what to grow there and how to irrigate it. And then we left our lair and went out to track during the night with no illumination save the stars. A stupid Opossum and skunk were ours for the eating though we left them be. We could have filled a platter full of stupid fish when we put our torch by the creek.

So much for that trip, we almost went into and up the canyon to hide from folk. But we had a code. I cannot recall it perfect but it was something like this: Helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful,.thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. I am sure that is not right but 40+ years later those values stick with me - though I fall short. And so we could not do that to others.

About a year later the dropped Paul and me off in the stinking dessert. This time more water and less food.

To you that looks like dirt and sticks to me it is a clear sign of food by way of coyote and Hawk.
To you that looks like dirt and sticks to me it is a clear sign of food by way of coyote and Hawk. | Source

Who cares. Paul and I were dumped in an area of Saguaro Cactus and 110 degree heat. With no water.

How silly we laughed. Now if we had a wife and kids to take care of that would be a lot more work. Find shade and fashion tools to dig. The earth 12 inches below the surface almost always remains around 60 degrees (f). And look around and dig right and there is other good stuff there like ant and grubs and worms to eat.

This was a four day deal and by now we knew we only needed fluids to stay healthy for that amount of time. But we are humans and there is no fun in just surviving.

Sorry lizard but if we chase you, you will run under a rock and think you are hiding. Boring! And you Quail we simply watch you go into that shrub and throw our blanket over it. Yummy.

The water from the barrel cactus is just lousy to taste but plenty because we are in our "duggouts" during the heat and so are not getting dehydrated.

You see we do not need all this crap but as intelligent humans we opt for it because the other way is tough and a little more difficult than a 9-5 job. So in my mind you are captive. I am here by choice.

So let us get back to our "captive" animals.

Sorry but that is scat left by a dehydrated and dying Bobcat.

If we could and would catch him, he would live. A zoo would nurse him back to health and if he was capable set him back loose.
If we could and would catch him, he would live. A zoo would nurse him back to health and if he was capable set him back loose. | Source

Take the 16 year old who wants to be free.

Free from the bed and food her parents furnish and free of their rules and schools. Sorry but in this world she has no chance outside of her "captivity". And I am sorry to tell 99% of you are the same. Stay safe and stay captive in your homes and cars and jobs. I beg you please just stay there.

You cannot make it in our deserts or our streets. Admit it that you are captive just like zoo animals. Different fences for sure and different meals and bed mates for sure, but damned well just as captive.

Do not insist on turning my Orcas or homeless people or wildcats or executives into the wild. It is bad stuff for those who do not know it and love it.

Please be kind to each other and animals and do not make them live where for them life would be brutal and hard and almost always fatal. Life is not like Lion King or Cinderella it is brutal.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you DDE. Where I grew up there were no zoos, but we could go hiking and see animals all the time. My first zoo trip was just bizarre to me. We did not have that kind of TV back then either so it was really surprising. Thank you for leaving such an upbeat comment!

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Zoos and SeaWorld are inhumane because wild animals are kept in captivity is an informative and thoughtful hub on the topic of debate.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I think the term that best fits most is "projection". And that is very hypocritical. Because most humans would not want anything to do with living in the wild yet they beat their chests that "lower" animals would. You comment about most being born to their life is right on. Give me a native Parisian and stick her in a jungle and all you are doing is providing food for the others.

      Thanks for the comment.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ours is very special as connected with many animal preserves and a huge wild animal park. We should always watch them closely but in general they provide appropriate habitat. Thanks Victoria.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      So true Eric we are captives and happy about it. Most zoos and Sea Worlds treat the animals much better than they would have to deal with in the wild, and most of them have even been bred in captivity so would have no hope of survival in the wild. I know that Sea World rescues dolphins and the like and nurses them back to health. We are wiping out many of our wildlife. poachers are causing the extinction of Rhinos, elephants, etc, and orangutans are being displaced of their habitat by the palm oil industry. Many are much better off in captivity, like you and me. Circuses are a different story.

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      Well that makes me feel a little better, about your zoo. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well we laugh here because I have been a "member" of our Zoo since 1981. It is called the San Diego Zoo and other zoos send people here to study us and animals here to get well. And our SeeWorld is the original and they rescue more animals and release than they have per year.

      We donate as much as we can. And so I know my friends that I see in their places all safe are right on happy.

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      Victoria Van Ness 

      4 years ago from Fountain, CO

      I've always felt that way. I love being able to see them up close, but I don't like how they are treated.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow and super Wow retief2000 This is my life. I am captive, but I am damn sure glad my wife does not set me free. "freedom is nothing left to lose" -- I believe that is Khris Kristoferson on me am Bobby Magee. But we walk that line, you and me. Let us keep walking that line.

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      4 years ago

      There is nothing more cruel than nature. The life expectancy of an animal in a zoo is significantly higher than in the wild. Privation is unknown to a zoo animal but is the daily reality of animals in the wild.

      I often wonder why some people would force all humans into a government operated preserve and force all animals into the brutality of freedom.


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