Zoos: Is it okay to get zoo animals to perform tricks and do live shows?

  • These “tricks” are done for a reason!

    What a lot of people don’t seem to know is that the behaviors zoo animals are taught to do is for their benefit. Along with being a source of enrichment for the animals, these behaviors allow zookeepers to examine them for any signs of trouble. If an animal can’t/won’t do a certain movement, they might be hurt in a way that isn’t obvious. Having the animal bare their teeth, expose their ear, turn around, and stand on their hind legs allow keepers to take note of any cuts, scrapes, infections, bites, etc. Not to mention that at good zoos all behaviors are taught through positive reinforcement.

  • Zoos use rewards not punishment to teach and enrich the animals lives that are in captivity.

    Animals in zoos do not have the roaming freedom that wild animals have but they often do have human contact and many enrichments that they otherwise wouldn't have. They are also protected from predators and poachers. They live much longer lives. Animals are not taken out of their natural environments they are either rescues or born in captivity so would not even be alive if it wasn't for the zoo breeding programs. Teaching animals to do things adds to their quality of life just like it does for domesticated animals. There are those that don't believe in keeping tropical fish, birds, hamsters, etc but they too would not be alive if they were not pets and they have human contact which in my opinion is valuable.

  • Yes Animals can learn tricks

    Taronga zoo australia has had only two incidents, not even related to animals being trained! They have many shows every day and surely the animals have to be trained somehow. They use rewards for success, not punishment for failure, and that is how all zoos should work. A b c

  • Yes it is.

    It is okay to get zoo animals to perform tricks and do live shows. As long as they are not being abused, there is nothing wrong with getting them to perform tricks. This is exactly like getting your dog to play fetch or any other type of tricks that you can think of.

  • Yes, it is just good fun.

    Yes, it is okay for zoo animals to perform tricks and do live shows, because the animals are not hurt and it is just in good fun. Teaching an animal to perform a trick doesn't do any harm to the animals, and it entertains people. It could also help raise money for the zoo. As long as it is monitored to make sure animals aren't abused, there is no harm in it.

  • It is cruel and unfair

    For all of those yes voters, I don’t recall the animals telling you they were fine with being stolen from their families, tortured behind the audiences back and forced to do tricks that they have to do otherwise they wouldn’t get food. It is inhuman that we would force them to do that. Please everyone put an end to the continuous and un ending torture. All the animals, if they could speak English would tell you they are depressed with being tortured, starved and cramped and have had enough.In the end it isn’t about a bit of fun or it’s nice seeing the animals in real life. It’s about not being so damn selfish and letting the animals roam free not being the most tyrannical species on the planet. It’s time to to change. Let nature take its course and leave the animals alone

  • They abuse their animals!

    They hit their animals with whips and starve them. Some even shoot or poison them so they die. After they cut off their legs, arms, and head and store them in a big freezer. Talk about gross. I am writing this opinion topic in school on this. It is very sad to think about.

  • No, It's Not Acceptable

    Animals in zoos lose all their freedom in a variety of ways. This is not a good thing, as every living creature deserves freedom, no matter what species they are. First, animals are captured from their wild habitats at a young age. This is so that the animals get used to the zookeepers they will be working with and trained by. These extremely young animals don’t get enough time with their parents, and are not able to be nurtured by their loved ones. These animals should have a chance to spend their life in the wild, where and who they want to be with. Instead, they are taken in a truck, too small for them to fit in, which leads them to the zoo. This is already bad enough, but there are more miserable consequences that animals face in zoos. Animals are first greeted with love, respect and more amazing qualities and characteristics. This isn’t how it will also be though. Once animals get a little older, they are put into their enclosures, where they are seen by the public. They are forced to do multiple things against their will. For example, many animals are trained to do tricks

  • Zoos are horrible

    If you have ever went to a zoo you probably heard someone say that they are helping and taking care of the animals. That’s not true. The definition of zoo is an establishment that maintains a collection of wild animals, typically in a park or gardens, for study, conservation, or display to the public. In the defination it says that zoos maintain a collection of wild animals. Did you see it the word wild. Wild animals should be out in the wild, right? You may think yes, but the animals were hurt ,so the zoos are rehabilitating them. No, the zoos take the animals from the wild, put them in small enclosures and make them perform tricks. That is animal cruelty, the abuse of animals for things other than protection.
    When you go to the zoo you will usually see an animal pacing back and forth, cleaning themselves or flicking up their heads. You may think its cute but this could be a sign of zoochosis which is defined as a repetitive, invariant behaviour pattern with no obvious goal or function. No I’m not saying that cleaning is bad for the animal but over cleaning could be a problem and the animal could get an infection. The infection that they get may be fatal.
    The animals that are taken for the wild and put into zoos often don’t have enough space, especially big cats and polar bears. Polar bears have 1 million times less space than they should have and lions and tigers have 18,000 times less space than they should have. Zoos claim to protect endangered animals, but they turn around and make them perform tricks by

  • Zoos state that they are there to help conserve wildlife yet they destroy it.

    Animals were not meant to jump out of the water or stand on a ball to receive their food. Animals were not meant to balance on one foot out of fear they will be locked into a tiny cage. Animals were not meant to paint a picture out of fear they will be stabbed and prodded. Animals were meant to live freely in their natural habitat and perform natural habits as they were born and taught to do. Teaching animals to do tricks out of fear is not educating on animals it is only educating that it is okay to keep animals in captivity and that it is okay to make animals perform unnatural actions

  • Zoo only want money!!!!!

    Zoo don't care about animal...They only care about making money and animal that lock in cage can suffer from boredom and stress which is not healthy for them to stay still and walk around like that...Animal need to get out of captivity because they need to move around do what they want!!!

  • Freedom Doesn't Go With Slavery

    Have you seen someone force an animal to do a trick? It's not like the animal's going to do it, it even might make them upset. Those animals out there need their freedom, and telling them what to do or forcing them to do something does not match with it. Imagine what you would feel like if the same thing happened to you, it would not feel good. With all the tricks the animals are being told to do, they feel like slaves, or prisoners who didn't do anything wrong. It's just not fair for them, not fair at all. So this concludes my explaining on why it's not okay to get zoo animals to perform tricks and do live shows, they really need their freedom.

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  • No, people should not let animals do tricks

    What will you feel like if you were kicked around and trying to do stuff that other people force you to do? Animals where not built to entertain humans. They were built to survive, not to be a slave, crutch or a puppet for human entertainment. We just can't let them be a slave

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