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Should animals be kept in zoos?

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Started: 1/23/2013 Category: Society
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dibmembrane

Con

Animals have natural rights & capturing them for any reason whatsoever is the breach of the same
"No matter how good the facilities are provided in zoos, the animals are bound to suffer. Animals undergo tremendous amounts of stress as their natural movements are limited by the boundaries of the zoo. It shows up in their abnormal behavior. The example of the attention seeking orphan baby polar bear, "Knut" is still fresh in the minds of people. Moreover, not all the claims put forward by zoos are true
"People usually don't visit zoos for educational purposes. It is just a means of entertainment for them. Also, if people get used to watch animals in zoos, a deep-seated thought of zoos being an ideal place for animals may take place in their mind
"People and activists opposing the zoos, present before us the fact that despite the zoos taking efforts for conserving animals, the success achieved in protecting animals is less. It is not necessary to exhibit the animals for recreational purpose, if the sole objective is to conserve them
"From an animal rights standpoint, we do not have a right to breed, capture, & confine other animals, even if they ARE endangered. Being a member of an endangered species doesn't mean the individual animals have fewer rights
" Animals in captivity suffer from stress, boredom, & confinement. Inter generational bonds are broken when individuals get sold or traded to other zoos, and no pen or even drive-through safari can compare to the freedom of the wild
" Baby animals bring in visitors & money, but this incentive to breed new baby animals leads to overpopulation. Surplus animals are not only sold to other zoos, but also to circuses, canned hunting facilities, and even for slaughter
"The vast majority of captive breeding programs do not release the animals back into the wild. The offspring are forever part of the chain of zoos, circuses, petting zoos, and exotic pet trade that buy, sell, and barter animals among themselves and exploit animals. Ned the Asian elephant was born at an accredited zoo, but later confiscated from an abusive circus trainer and finally sent to a sanctuary
"Removing individuals from the wild will further endanger the wild population because the remaining individuals will be less genetically diverse and will have more difficulty finding mates.
" If people want to see wild animals in real life, they can observe wildlife IN THE WILD or visit a sanctuary. A true sanctuary does not buy, sell, or breed animals, but takes in unwanted exotic pets, surplus animals from zoos or injured wildlife that can no longer survive in the wild
"An individuals rights should not be infringed for the sake of the species. A species is not a sentient being and therefore has no rights
" If zoos are teaching children anything, it's that imprisoning animals for our own entertainment is acceptable
" 1+ study shows that elephants in zoos live shorter than those in the wild.
" Federal Animal Welfare Act establishes only the most minimal standards for cage size, shelter, health care, ventilation, fencing, food & water
"Animals sometimes escape their enclosures, endangering themselves as well as people. There have even been incidents of zoo animals eating other zoo animals.

http://www.globalanimal.org...
animalrights.about.com/od/animalsinentertainment/a/Arguments-for-and-against-zoos.htm
http://www.bornfree.org.uk...
http://www.peta.org...
http://www.cereplast.com...
Just a few links to help.
sTea

Pro

If the zoo was of a decent standard - is it not better that the animals are kept in an environment where their health is looked after and they can be bred for future generations to be able to see them rather than to let them die out?

Zoo's are not only places for us to see exotic animals - but for animals to be allowed to continue to breed in a safe environment, free from predators and human hunters.
Debate Round No. 1
dibmembrane

Con

Animals have natural rights & capturing them for any reason whatsoever is the breach of the same.
"No matter how good the facilities are provided in zoos, the animals are bound to suffer. Animals experience tremendous amounts of stress as their natural movements are limited by the boundaries of the zoo. It shows up in their abnormal behavior. The example of the attention seeking orphan baby polar bear, "Knut" is still fresh in the minds of people. Moreover, not all the claims put forward by zoos are true
"People and activists opposing the zoos, present before us the fact that despite the zoos taking efforts for conserving animals, the success achieved in protecting animals is less. It is not necessary to exhibit the animals for recreational purpose, if the sole objective is to conserve them
"From an animal rights standpoint, we do not have a right to breed, capture, & confine other animals, even if they ARE endangered. Being a member of an endangered species doesn't mean the individual animals have fewer rights
" no pen or even drive-through safari can compare to the freedom of the wild
" Baby animals bring in visitors & money, but this incentive to breed new baby animals leads to overpopulation. Surplus animals are not only sold to other zoos, but also to circuses, canned hunting facilities, and even for slaughter
"The vast majority of captive breeding programs do not release the animals back into the wild. The offspring are forever part of the chain of zoos, circuses, petting zoos, and exotic pet trade that buy, sell, and barter animals among themselves and exploit animals. Ned the Asian elephant was born at an accredited zoo, but later confiscated from an abusive circus trainer and finally sent to a sanctuary
"Removing individuals from the wild will further endanger the wild population because the remaining individuals will be less genetically diverse and will have more difficulty finding mates.
" If people want to see wild animals in real life, they can observe wildlife IN THE WILD or visit a sanctuary. A sanctuary doesn't buy, sell, or breed animals, but takes in unwanted exotic pets, surplus animals from zoos or injured wildlife that can no longer survive in the wild
"An individuals rights should not be infringed for the sake of the species. A species is not a sentient being and therefore has no rights
" 1+ study shows that elephants in zoos live shorter than those in the wild.
Also, you didn't cite anything, so I have absolutely NO idea where you got your information from.
http://animalrights.about.com...
sTea

Pro

Just copying out citations is certainly not a way to hold a debate. It's dull a repetitious, like a man who sits with a book of facts and reads them out one by one in the belief that because they are true, they make him and his point interesting.

I will admit, I skim read your reply because of the way it was written. I hoped that by the second round you'd have learnt to write out a decent argument rather than just paste facts. You should write it out, make it interesting to those who are going to be reading and judging.

For this reason, I will not be continuing with this topic.

Here's a citation for you;
http://www.ehow.com...
Debate Round No. 2
dibmembrane

Con

sTea, you only believed that I was doing copy & paste, but I wasn't. How could you not tell, you were skimming? The only reason I repeated what I said was because you were more than obviously skimming. You missed important points in my starting argument, which I why I repeated them to see if you got them. Evidently, you weren't able to see that.
sTea

Pro

sTea forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
dibmembrane

Con

dibmembrane forfeited this round.
sTea

Pro

sTea forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
dibmembrane

Con

Why, sTea, is it that you forfeit?
sTea

Pro

sTea forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 5
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