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Should Animals Be Kept in zoos and aquariums???

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Started: 1/30/2013 Category: Society
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* Should animals be kept in zoos and aquariums?
My opionion: No animals should not be kept in zoos or aquariums. My reasons why::

I believe that zoos are a somewhat bad place for animals.
Reasons why:

  • Animals are built for the real outdoors and to find food and shelter in their own.

  • What if a zoo were to set an animal free. They would never know how to hunt. Especially if they were babies when they first arrived at a zoo. All their lives they wouldn’t have know how to hunt for themselves because a zoo worker has been throwing food out of a bucket to them their whole life.

  • Just because we want to see animals doesn’t mean they have to put them in cages for us. What if we all wanted to see Taylor Swift? We wouldn’t just lock her in a cage for her whole life JUST so she could be seen.

  • After all, most animals need friends just like humans do. Most zoos put 2 animals in a cage. But if you saw an animal alone, wouldn’t you want it to have a friend? Think back during school, were you your only friend, or the most popular person in school. Everyone wants to be popular think about the animals too. They have brains. They think. They KNOW!

Now that YOU know some of the reasons why I think zoos are a bad place for animals, tell me your opinion. (((:



I would argue that keeping animals in zoos is perfectly rational and ethical for the following reasons:

1. Captive breeding. The captive breeding programs run by zoos are often the last line of defense against extinction. A rather poignant recent example of this is Dryococelus australis, also known as the Land Lobster. An enormous phasmid (stick insect) endemic to Lord Howe Island, D australis went extinct over 80 years ago when rats were introduced via shipwreck. Or so we thought. A small group of climbers discovered a colony of 24 phasmids living in a shrub. A shrub 225 feet above the Tasmanian Sea, clinging to the cliffs of Ball's Pyramid, a sheer, remote spike of rock eighteen miles from Lord Howe Island. It rises more than a thousand feet out of the sea, is sometimes beset by rockslides, and the insects were restricted to a single shelf. This meant that they could be wiped off of the face of the earth if captive breeding was not instituted. The researchers who discovered them first sent a pair to the premier private breeder of these insects, but the female died in his care. Only the Melbourne Zoo was able to keep them alive, and has already raised the next generation. A campaign is underway to eliminate the rats of Lord Howe Island and restore the insects to their home, but without the unique expertise and resources offered by zoos they may have vanished from our world. [1] Some other species saved by such programs include black-footed ferrets, California condors, and Guam rails. [2]

2. The origin of zoo animals. 90% of all mammals, and 74% of all birds, added to US zoos since 1985 have been bred in captivity. The idea that animals from the wild are captured en masse and then caged for our amusement is a complete myth. Zoos aren't circuses, they're actually education centers which work to protect animals by informing the public about threats to endangered species while protecting said species through breeding programs. While it is true that many of the animals kept in zoos are not endangered, most of these come from long lines of captive stock which would most likely die if released into the wild at this point and which attract the resources and attention which allow the zoos to work on real conservation issues. [3]

3. Species which are extinct in the wild. As a final consideration, I offer the fact that 31 species are extinct in the wild, meaning that without zoos and aquaria they would cease to exist. [4]

Overall, I think that letting these institutions vanish will needlessly destroy a valuable conservation resource.


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Reasons for voting decision: Nice job pro, It's a shame con F.F. Maybe find some one else to debate the topic with, it's a shame to let those arguments go to wast.