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Dark_Soul943
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Should zoos be banned or abolished?

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Started: 5/19/2016 Category: Education
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Dark_Soul943

Con

I feel that zoos should not be abolished, and therefore, I am taking the con side of the argument.

1. Zoos save animals from extinction, and they reproduce the endangered animals so that they can release them into the wild later. Zoos also provide a safe environment for many endangered animals. In the wild many of these animals would die because of illnesses, hunting, and starvation. Without zoos caring and breeding the endangered species of the black rhino, they would have been extinct long ago.

Quotes: "Zoos increase awareness of endangered species and the importance of conservation" (debate.org).
"The National Zoo is proud to participate in the recovery efforts for endangered and threatened species. Our scientists, biologists, captive breeding specialists, and veterinarians have contributed to the recovery of giant pandas, tigers, golden lion tamarins, cheetahs, and black-footed ferrets, to name only a few" (nationalzoo.si.edu).
"Accredited zoos and aquariums in AZA [Association of Zoos and Aquariums] contributed some $160 million to conservation efforts in 130 countries, and thousands of zoo scientists are studying innumerable subjects that contribute to the greater understanding of wildlife" (vetstreet.com).
jscher

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Zoo animals experience negative psychological effects after being taken into captivity. Zoo-housed chimpanzees show abnormal behaviors not witnessed in wild chimp populations, such as rocking back and forth, pulling out hair, self mutilation and consumption of feces. Studies have shown that even chimps at well regarded zoos exhibit these behaviors.

A study done by primate behavioral ecologist at the University of Kent's School of Anthropology & Conservation, Nicholas Newton-Fisher, documented the behaviors of 40 chimpanzees at six zoos in the U.S. and U.K. The data was then compared to observations made of wild chimpanzees, such as 1023 hours of documentation on wild chimps in Uganda.

All 40 zoo chimps displayed some form of abnormal disorder. The chimps would poke at their eyes, bang themselves against surfaces, pace, drink urine, and perform other behaviors not associated with wild chimp populations.

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Dark_Soul943

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Posted by Dark_Soul943 1 year ago
Dark_Soul943
I have sources...look at the ends of the quotes
Posted by fire_wings 1 year ago
fire_wings
You need sources.
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