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Should Animals be kept captive in zoos?

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Started: 5/21/2013 Category: Miscellaneous
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Rm150300

Con

Animals belong in the wild. That"s where they have always lived, eaten and had families. Do we have the right to take this away from them? No. We cannot go around taking animals from their natural habitat. It is not right. Zoos aren't the right place for wild animals. They never have enough space, the right kind of food, or have the familiar things and creatures they have in the wild. It isn"t right or what"s best for them, to take them from their natural environment. How would you like it if you were suddenly grabbed from your room, and put on display with people staring at you. You would have no privacy, no private place. Statistics show that zoos never have enough space, especially for roaming animals. Tigers and lions have 18,000 times less space then they would use in the wild, and a polar bear has 1,000,000 times less. Ask yourself. Is this right? Or are we only telling ourselves it is?
leprechaun

Pro

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.


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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)
Florida : Loxahatchee (Lion Country Safari, 1967)
California : Escondido (San Diego Zoo Safari Park, 1972)
Ontario : Rockton (African Lion Safari, 1969)

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They never have enough space, the right kind of food, or have the familiar things and creatures they have in the wild.

I belief its just your opinion that you are trying to present as an argument. Unless you present a strong evidence to support your opinion, it will not be counted.

How would you like it if you were suddenly grabbed from your room, and put on display with people staring at you.

You are not looking at the flip side of the same coin. How would you like it if there were hundreds of people trying to hunt you down with rifles and guns. Trust me, their aim is excellent and you would be dead in minutes(opinion). In such a case living in protection in sanctuatries with other animals of the same species seems to be a better option.

Statistics show that zoos never have enough space, especially for roaming animals. Tigers and lions have 18,000 times less space then they would use in the wild, and a polar bear has 1,000,000 times less.

What statistics are you talking about? Evidence? Without evidence these are merely opinions, which do not matter in a debate. What you have said is like saying - statistics show that 80% of the world is red in colour.

Thank you. Vote for Pro


Debate Round No. 1
Rm150300

Con

Rm150300 forfeited this round.
leprechaun

Pro

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.
Debate Round No. 2
Rm150300

Con

Nope. I'm not even gonna try....Vote for pro...
leprechaun

Pro

Clearly Con has no arguments and has accepted defeat.

Thank you. Vote for Pro
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