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Should animals be kept in zoos?

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Started: 11/12/2016 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Animals deserve better and we should give them better so State your claim and give evidence to support it...


Before we begin, what animals are you referring to? Dogs, cows, birds, giraffes? When you say, "we should give them better", who is we? And what would you consider is better?
Animals should be kept in zoos. Not every animal on earth should be in a zoo, but exotics (exotic animal: originating in or characteristic of a distant foreign country), domesticated species, and endangered species should still be seen in zoos. Zoos help educate the public, they assist in protecting species, and they fund and execute research programs. The following link is from the Saint Louis Zoo.
Are you saying that animals should not be kept in zoos only because of the conditions? If so, then I agree that animals do deserve to have their emotional, physical, and mental needs met. However, I think that it is possible to meet the needs of an animal in a zoo environment. The following link is a summary of associations that inspect zoos and aquariums.
Although the laws and regulations of zoos should become more strict and meet specific regulations that support an animals emotional, physical, and mental welfare, there should still be animals in zoos for research, educations, and protection of species.
Debate Round No. 1


OK so your support and claim are strong but you are wrong... So consider this...the animal is deprived of its natural habitat
the animal is deprived of its natural social structure and companionship
although animals may live longer lives in zoos than in the wild, they may experience a lower quality of life
the benefits to the overall species population do not compensate the individual animals for the negative effects of living in a zoo
Bears are long-lived animals, with life spans ranging from 15 to 30 years. In the wild, they live in diverse habitats, including tundra, alpine meadows, and forests. Their home range can cover thousands of square miles. They are opportunistic feeders who are always investigating and exploring their environment, digging up and raking through vegetation, debarking trees, excavating, and lifting and turning over objects to find tasty snacks.
Elephants in their natural habitats are on the move for up to 18 hours each day. In a single day, a herd can cover a distance of up to 30 miles. In addition to walking, elephants regularly dig, forage, swim, climb, rub on trees, take mud baths, and experience a variety of terrains and substrates, such as leafy jungle floors, grass, and sand. They live in matriarchal groups and share mothering responsibilities for the herd"s babies.
In the wild, great apes live in dense tropical forests, where these highly social beings are constantly engaged and active in a rich and diverse environment. They show love for one another, laugh, play, and grieve.
Scientists at the University of Oxford have concluded that large, roving predators show stereotypical symptoms of stress when kept in captivity, because they are unable to satisfy their instinct to roam. Given that the average tiger enclosure is about 18,000 times smaller than the animals" natural roaming range, it is simply impossible for these animals to express instinctive behavior such as staking out territory in dense forests, choosing mates, running, climbing, and hunting. It"s little surprise that so many captive big cats snap. Countless people have been seriously injured, maimed, and killed by tigers, lions, and cougars.

Zoos exist for status and to make money.They trapped animals from the wild and sometimes killed mother animals to take their young. Young animals are easier to keep and transport because they eat less, take up little room and are more manageable than adults.
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Posted by rockerlinda15 2 years ago
I would like to say no. However with the threat to much of many a natural habitat zoos over, in many cases, the only means of protection to many species. They even have breeding programs to try and preserve and conserve certain species. So sadly I am going to say YES animals should be kept in zoos.
Posted by Stupidape 2 years ago
"Animals deserve better and we should give them better"

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