Animals should be freed from zoos
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Round 4 - Contradictions
Round 5 - Conclude your argument (no new arguments or contradictions)
First we need to establish in our understanding of what exactly a zoo is. But first let us start with what a zoo was. A zoo was a place where animals were showcased for people's entertainment and amusement. Conditions were appalling. Understanding was limited and lets not get started on the rights of animals.... but that was then. Now zoos are for conservation and protection for the rights of animals. Many zoos and zoological societies petition against governments who don't protect and enforce protection legislation over animals.
Now that, that's sorted we can move on.
My argument may be seen as contradicting the Darwinian perspective - survival of the fittest. But I say to this - who says that our intervention is a negative force. Our interventions supports the evolutionary journey so beings have no need to die out.
Many zoos also protect endangered animals. In fact many animals would have become extinct by now. You may decide to contradict this by saying that more species are killed than saved but without zoos then that as I said previously that statistic would be higher without zoos.
The modern zoo is a progressive force for the betterment of all animals.
Not to mention abuse, animals at zoos are abused daily by employee's and costumers at the zoo. Often animals at zoos are subject to abuse, experimentation, and depression. So ask yourself this question, is it really okay to keep animals in zoos?
To contradict your second paragraph, generally zoos in developed countries receive no abuse and if they do then the issue is not the zoos it is the governments issue. The only reason that we know about zoo abuse is because in the news we have seen arrests. This means that employees who harm animals in zoos are punished. The final question that you have asked me wont make sense if you are referring to zoos in general. Your question is aimed individually and is therefore irrelevant. In the grand scheme of things the occasional abuse zoo isn't a reason to abolish zoos completely. Anthropomorphism is the word associated with animals having human characteristics - you have been using this throughout you debate. You have also said that animals are abused daily. In care homes elderly people are sometimes abused. Do you also propose that we close down all of the care homes?
Westwinds1 forfeited this round.
It is our moral imperative as guardians of this planet to protect everything on it. This may be misinterpreted and people may think that I am saying that people are superior but at the moment we are the only animals that are making an effort to try and protect other animals on a large scale. If we stop now then who will be their to help them and car for them when they are alone and in need. If you propose that we release all animals from zoos can you honestly say that it would be better for the animals (and targeting individual zoos doesn't cover all animals in all zoos).
Westwinds1 forfeited this round.
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Vote Placed by Martley 1 year ago
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