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panic_with_life0901
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Keeping animals in Zoos is better

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Started: 2/19/2016 Category: Society
Updated: 12 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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7245

Pro

I believe keeping animals in zoos is a better choice than letting them roam free out in the wild. First of all, I'd like to say that I don't think animals should be abused which is what most people think zoos are about, yet most zoos treat their animals quite nicely.

Individual interaction with exotic animals face to face, allows an experience that promotes wonder to enter our lives. Without the wonder of the encounters that they experience, people will quickly lose interest in safeguarding the few wild places that are left in our world. Exhibits and programs about earth's aquatic ecosystems also become important parts of most zoos public-education efforts. They are kept in well looked after environments where they are able to be in the same habitat as the wild. They are fed their normal diet and keppers make them hunt for their food in hiding spots, so its not like they are taken away from the wild
panic_with_life0901

Con

Animals need the wild life experience to be able to actually survive. If they are kept in zoos, its like babying them. With most zoos, the animals get let out into the wild but how are they supposed to survive like that if they cant survive on their own. And being observed and caged up by humans can be very traumatizing whether they are being abused or not. They are just as much of living beings as we are, so you can compare it to putting a human in a cage for paying people to see. Its exploitation and unacceptable to keep all animals. I can get maybe a few but not just caging them up so they don't roam wild. That's the whole point of an animal, they are meant to be independent (from humans) organisms that can survive on their own. They are not able to do that if they are constantly being kept in cages and having food just given to them.
Debate Round No. 1
7245

Pro

As I had stated animals don't have food "just given to them" like you mentioned at the end of your argument. The zoo keepers have them hunt for it.
Do you really want animals let out into the wild? Not only can they harm other people, they will die off so much faster. Think about it, if zoos were shut down, we would have a much greater population of animals. Imagine you were at a store and a grizzly bear was roaming around the parking lot. That would be pretty scary. Also, if we let animals back out into the wild, they would die. Even if they did know how to survive, other bigger and faster animals could kill them. By caring for these animals in a safe place, we are helping to protect wildlife. In fact, as of right now, there are only three white rhinos left in the world, which have gone basically extinct for being kept out in the wild.
panic_with_life0901

Con

Like I had previously stated, I understand when it comes to endangered species, but you are saying that all animals is better. And going to where you were talking about a bigger animal killing them in the wild:
1) That's the circle of life
2) Each animal has their own way to survive against those odds of dying and if you keep them contained they will never learn how to do that.
Moving on to where you said they have to hunt for it, they may have to kill the animal but its still given in a certain radius of them, which is not a natural thing. Out in the wild they'll have to go search for where those animals will be. And before you say, we wont have that problem if we just keep them contained, the whole point of animals being in a zoo, is to prepare them for the real world once they're ready. They will never be truly ready if this process continues.
Also, continuing on to where you asked how I would feel if I saw a grizzly bear at the store, the probabilities of that happening are very rare. And we as a nation have dealt with too many animals before, we gave society a hunting season, that's how we as a society deal with that problem. Also when you mentioned how animals were attacking humans, animals are more afraid of us than we are of them. And if they do so, its because of lack of food or not having the ability to find food. Which is one of the major causes of being put in a zoo. They also may grow some anger towards humans because the only experience they have with humans is locking them up and putting them off for show.
Debate Round No. 2
7245

Pro

7245 forfeited this round.
panic_with_life0901

Con

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