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KokeeGrey
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MistyBlue
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That keeping animals in a zoo is inhumane

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Started: 4/15/2016 Category: Places-Travel
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Post Voting Period
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KokeeGrey

Con

I will be debating against the topic. I would like to start of by pointing out that there are regulations that all zoos have to follow so that animal cruelty is avoided. My first point is that keeping animals in a zoo is not inhumane because these animals are generally looked after properly. Although they cannot lead the normal life that wild animals would these animals are cared and loved. They are properly fed and have many qualified keepers and vets constantly monitoring their health and behaviour. Animals in the zoo still lead a happy life which due to their heavy care is often longer than the lives of the animals that live in the wild. My second point is that these animals bring a lot of joy to people. Not only are they looked after but visiting the zoo is not only a great educational experience but its also a lovely way for animal lovers to get up close with all of the animals. And when more people are able to enjoy animals more people value their existencel
MistyBlue

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It is false that all zoos are regulated, so many countries barely recognize animal welfare. Even in the US, cruelty statutes cannot be prosecuted until the crime is actually commited [1]. And even in well known zoos (Copenhagen) tragedies occur. They euthanized and publicly autopsied a healthy giraffe because of 'inferior' genetics, and recently have euthanized four healthy lions as well ('surplus animals'). [2]

It has been proven in several studies involving many species that animals experience emotion, stress (even PTSD). One example is a chimp study which observed self-mutilation and repetitive rocking behaviors in zoo chimps and not ANY wild chimps. [3] Another study found that elephants experience extreme stress while being captured, and then have difficulting recovering due to the unnatural setting of a zoo. [4]
A common argument for zoos is that they protect endangered species. However, less than 13% of animals in zoos are on the international 'red list'. [5]
Debate Round No. 1
KokeeGrey

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MistyBlue

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I extend my arguments.

Debate Round No. 2
KokeeGrey

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MistyBlue

Pro

I extend my arguments again?
Debate Round No. 3
KokeeGrey

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MistyBlue

Pro

MistyBlue forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by MistyBlue 10 months ago
MistyBlue
Hi! I am posting the sources here because of the short character limit and I really do want to put the URL so everyone can see the sites for themselves if they like.

[1] https://www.animallaw.info...
[2] http://www.theguardian.com...
** Side Note: If you aren't familiar with the Marius incident, there is a video link inside the article to actual video of what happened PUBLICLY IN FRONT OF CHILDREN (don't watch it if blood isn't your thing D: )
[3] http://news.discovery.com...
[4] http://www.elephants.com...
[5] http://news.nationalgeographic.com...
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