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Should wild cats be captivity?

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Started: 2/6/2018 Category: Society
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idk_whye

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People around the world debate on this simple question: Should wild cats be in captivity? Although many people think that they should, I firmly disagree for multiple reasons. One, they are disadvantages to people and two, they are also disadvantages to wild cats.

Wild cats are a huge drawback to cats. Captivity means zoos and being privately owned. Not only this is dangerous to people, but it causes millions of abandoned cats, dying because of food, shelter, and water. They can"t hunt and depend on itself because of its upbringing from humans. According to the St. Louis Zoo, "up to 10,000 big cats are kept as private pets" and according to Michelle Thew of the Animal Protection Institute, "there are actually more tigers in private hands in the United States than there are in India." India is one of the main habitats of tigers and to say that the U.S. has more tigers than India is a problem. Why do we take these exotic animals that are supposed to be out in the wild! Imagine you being carried from your home and family, dumped to a weird creature, and being took care of from it. Isn't this what these poor animals' perspectives look like? Taken from home and family, given to a creature, and surviving off it? Yes. These aren't pets and never should be one. If they were domestic then that will be a whole other story. But these aren't and are deadly, proud predators.

According to R. Eric Miller, senior vice president of zoological operations says "there are up to 10,000 pet tigers and fewer than 400 tigers in zoos." Admittedly, zoos help big cats and help us learn about animals. Slightly. Big cats usually live in vast acres of land but on the other hand, zoos keep them in much smaller spaces. According to the The New York Times, the typical enclosure is one-millionth the size of their natural habitat. Also, people say that zoos actually educate them but do they really? Wild cats and other animals are being confined in small, uncomfortable cages that probably would change their natural behavior. Pacing in small circles, watching brilliant flashes of cameras, noisy commotion, tapping consistently on the glass and much more will definitely change their natural behavior and also can stress them and might even die because of that. Furthermore, people throw food into habitats that will probably kill them when they eat it. If you actually think about it, most tourists will never look at the information given next to the animal but just stare at the either snoring, sleeping animal or the bored one. Zoos lock up animals and let them suffer for the people"s entertainment. That is cruel and vile. Another reason zoo cheerers make is that zoos save animals from dying in the wild. First of all, dying is a part of every single living thing. This is the life cycle, and they are meant to die. Personally, if I were an animal, I"d prefer dying happily in the fresh wild instead of living longer in a cold cage, facing the terrors I listed above, and finally after that torture, being eventually drugged to death.

Along with being a drawback to wild cats, captivity of cats is also a immense one to humans. First of all like I said before, wild cats are fierce even being raised gently. According to the Journal of Safety Research, "cats contribute to injuries that send an estimated 87,000 people to emergency rooms every year." Also, people would never be able to handle them as they grow and would eventually hurt the cat. According to Big Cat Rescue, " their play is rough because their skin is thick enough to withstand it. Ours is not, so even their affection can be deadly. It is pure instinct for them to attack children, other pets, or anyone whose back is turned."

In conclusion, wild cats should be able to enjoy freedom in the wild like humans. They are innocent and should not be kept in zoos or houses. Because of these reasons, I think that wild cats should never be in captivity.
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