Animals do need to be kept in zoos. They can be looked after and cared for there and given as much as the natural environment that they are used to. Most of the animals that are in zoos would not be able to survive in the wild once they have been in the zoo.
I think that animals need to be kept in zoos for the
protection of humans. This would only apply to large animals that
might attack. It wouldn’t be safe for
human beings to walk up and pet a wild lion or tiger. Large animals that could be dangerous need to
be in a cage.
It is unnatural to keep animals in zoos. Many animals that are kept in zoos cannot adapt to a life in captivity. It is cruel to keep wild animals in cages when they have been raised in freedom. Although it is acceptable to keep domesticated animals, zoos are not ethical.
They do not know how to hunt, or how to properly interact with wild animals of their own species. Freeing them will also increase the population where they were liberated, increasing the competition for food and territory, making life harder for every other animal in the place. Or they will end up dead within the month, because more prepared animals got them. It can also happen that they, being used to humans, invade a place where they see us, hoping we continue to feed them.
Proof of when I'm saying? Do a search for Keiko, the killer whale they freed after years of living in captivity. It died young, near the shore, in a port, hoping to be feed by the humans in that place.
Captive animals are not used to be independent.
The animals also have a feeling. May be the animals doesn't want to be in the zoo. The zoo can't make them happy or make them run in large field with its friends. The zoo can't do anything for them! If they can't do that in the zoo they must make animals free!
Capturing animals in the wild and placing them in cages or even in minimal natural settings for people to view is cruel and should be outlawed. Anything that is not to the benefit of the animal I would consider animal cruelty. Would the practice of selling you child to the circus because he was born with dwarfism be accepted in the 21st century ? I hope not and zoo captivity is just as outdated and cruel a practice as that.
Zoos are educational, but we could educate in ways that do not involve trapping animals. The exceptions are when the zoo is trying to conserve a species that faces extinction or when a wild animal is injured or acclimated to people and can no longer make it in the wild. I don't believe zoos should breed non endangered animals for human entertainment.
My answer is not 100% no, but is by no means a yes. Animals are living creatures, like humans, and we all only have one life. Therefore both animals and humans have the right to live a high quality life. By placing animals in zoos merely for our entertainment is wrong, yes we are the more dominant species but if anything that should mean we have the responsibility to preserve life. We are already destroying the planet that does not only belong to us, so why should we also destroy an animal's chance of a good life? The simple answer is because we are a selfish species. Nevertheless it is wrong to place an animals born and bred in captivity in the wild (unless a very suitable programme is applied). In addition, many zoos (e.G San Diego Zoo) have a purpose to help preserve vulnerable species through breeding programmes. In cases such as these, zoos are justified.
They have emotions. They cry for their young when they get taken away, as they commonly are in zoos. They get bored when locked in a cage one thousandth the size of their natural habitat. Statistics show they die younger in captivity. It is immoral. Animals are taken out of the wild to be put in zoos for our entertainment, nothing more. Those currently in captivity should stay where they are, because they could not survive in the wild, but no more should be bred for zoo life, and no more should be removed from their packs in the wild.