Should Animals be kept captive in zoos?
Con starts the debate with full acceptance that the odds are stacked against him.
Animals belong in the wild
There is a certain vagueness in Cons statement. Which animals? Therefore lets take the most common animals one expects to find in the zoo.
1) Tiger - The population of tigers have diminished drastically, in the past four decades.
2) Elephant - The two main historical factors behind the decline of African elephants – demand for ivory and changes in land-use – still pose a serious threat to the species. Most range states do not have adequate capacity to protect and manage their herds. If conservation action is not forthcoming, elephants may become locally extinct in some parts of Africa within 50 years.(http://wwf.panda.org...)
3) Lions - The wild African lion population, which was estimated at between 150,000-200,000 in the 1980's, has diminished in the last two decades to between 18,000 and 25,000 today. It is thought that Kenya holds about 10% of that figure.(http://www.wildlifeextra.com...)
It is pretty obvious now the aforementioned animals have been hunted mercilessly only for monetary benefits. Therefore, keeping them in zoos or sanctuaries protects them from poachers and allows breeding, so that the population of these species can be restored.
Zoos aren't the right place for wild animals
Con has yet again failed to be specific. What type of zoos?
Open range? Public aquaria? Petting zoos?
Open Range Zoo - In these zoos fewer animals are kept in larger, outdoor enclosures, confining them with moats and fences, rather than in cages. Open Range Zoos, also known as zoo parks and lion farms, allow visitors to drive through them and come in close contact with the animals.
There are many such zoos, some being -
Great Britain : Longleat (1966), Windsor (1969–1992), Woburn (1970), Blair Drummond (1970)
Rm150300 forfeited this round.
Con has nothing new to add and has forfeited the previous round thereby accepting all my arguments. Pro will not add any new arguments in this round.
Thank you. Vote for Pro.
Clearly Con has no arguments and has accepted defeat.
Thank you. Vote for Pro