Zoos are often depicted as a terrible place for animals to live, but is there any truth to this?
Sources of stress in captivity
“Animals housed in artificial habitats are confronted by a wide range of potentially provocative environmental challenges.”
Let Them Eat Carcass
“We Americans have a funny relationship with food. We may not be apex predators, scientifically speaking, since we augment our meat with grains and plants, but we are predators all the same.”
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“I have more than 32 years of experience caring for elephants, both Asian and African, including raising calves and managing dangerous bull elephants.”
How Zoos Kill Elephants
“Playful, mischievous and much-beloved, Mac was just two years old when he became the latest Asian elephant to succumb to the herpes virus at the Houston Zoo last month.”
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zoos are not good for animals. its an aquarium for large animals. when people pay to go to a zoo it allows acceptance for people to run a zoo. i understand people that feed the animals and alllow them to survive. they are better off dying from getting eaten
Zoos are horrible for game animals. We should focus on improving their numbers in their natural habitat and allow people to go and experience them without being antagonized by retarded people and their children who think it's funny to harass them from safety. At least let the animal have enough freedom to deal with it the way they would in the wild.
Have you ever heard of a accrediting body like the zoological association of america or the american association of zoo keepers, they have all of standards the AZA(Association of zoos and aquariums) does but they are more relaxed in therefore a lot more flexible in financing their facilities,
also their members consist of both public and private zoos all working together for the goals of wildlife conservation.
I should lecture you that the appropriate term for "roadside zoos" & "animal circuses" should be called menageries and not all of them are bad Sleazy rackets you think they are.
Andrew P Virgil, The natural historian or the once and future showman.
As an example there is only one effective way to convince the citizens of Wisconsin that our timber wolves are not vermin to be hunted to extinction but rather a precious specie that we should make every effort to preserved within its natural environment. Their opinions can change when they see them at the zoo. Yes seeing animals caged in a zoo is hardly the same as see them interacting within their natural ecosystems but for the average modern human that is the closest they get to nature and wildlife.
animals don't deserve this, sure zoo's help endangered animals but they also capture animals and take them away from there family's even if the animal isn't endangered. maybe animals should lock up humans and treat them horribly.
short story: i went to a zoo once and heard yelling, i poke my head into a room and see a zoo keeper yelling at a lion and waving its food around without giving it to the poor lion. i felt so bad i could have cried. (i was 6) i told my family and we never went to that place ever again #boycotzoos
+Vilde Fagerheim Aadland no aza zoo traps animals for entertainment prviding homes for rescue or captive bred animals yes. There are horrible zoos that treat animals this way but if a zoo has healthy animals that live longer than their wild counterparts and raises money for conservation why is it a bad thing
I’ve seen in alligator in a medium sized spaces tube filled with water and only a few inches for it to move around. I’ve seen penguins swim in some nasty like real green water, the rocks were basically hard and metal like
I'm not anti-captivity. In fact, I support zoos and aquariums. However, there are some animals that straight up shouldn't be kept in captivity, elephants and cetaceans being examples. The welfare of large cats in zoos can be improved as well, with larger enclosures, more natural habitats, and enrichment.
You people simply don't get it. Animals get extinct for reasons, like
-More animals will come
and that's really just the reason!
Because more animals are gonna come in the future and some animals need to be extinct for that, everyone dies you cant lock a living thing you cant just lock something up because you feel sorry and *used* to it being on planet earth, you just gotta let nature do its course!
*Hey* soon we might go extinct too and soon there would be future humans that look different too we do! Atleast our fossils will be found just like how we find fossils of our ancestors and animals!
Animals worlds are shrinking. In the future our ocean will be toxic our forests gone. Keeping them in the wild is like bring in your house and having humans destroy it. Zoos are for the protection of animals
My zoo personally is very good to the animals, they are generally playful and well fed and don't seem depressed. Most if not all of the animals in my zoo were rescued from a person, or they fell and got lost (like one of the falcons who fell out of it's nest) Yes zoos can be bad but some zoos are very good and help the animals live, also endangered species can be preserved in zoos. The wild isn't all great by the way, a lot of predators starve to death, get hunted by humans, etc. Also you can't just release animals from the zoo because they are used to living in the zoo, they won't know how to hunt or scavenge, they will just go up to humans and bite them (or something like that) till they get food. At my zoo there is a porcupine named Georgia which was adopted by a family, this porcupine would bite random people if they didn't give it food. The zoo soon adopted it because of this. Some zoos are horrible though but not all. The reason you don't see animals like cheetahs running at full speed in zoos is because they don't need to it's tiring to them . Sorry for the lengthy comment.
This is really interesting can I ask what is your solution for raising awarness and money as well as protecting non releasable animals is without zoos. If you don't want to thats cool just looking to start a healthy discusiom
NO pros...Not a great thing at all for the animals. It's all in the eyes just look there and you will know. Or listen to the sounds they make if they make any sound at all. Zoos are horrible places and most of the animals are kept at a bare minimum cost. Even sanctuaries tend to not be especially great unless they are complete natural habitats and the animals are kept away from people mostly. Which would of course defeat the whole moneymaking industry of a zoo.￼
Can't we just rehabilitate and released all endangered species after genetic diversity has been reached instead of saying:
"Oh they will die in the wild they don't know what to do. The instincts been taken away."
Then how come when a person or other animal wanders into an enclosure, they get mauled?
Instinct never disappears.
Let the wild animals live as per their lifestyle..good or bad dont interfere , disturb, confuse & spoil their original nature...they will lose their wild self sufficient nature and become permanantly dependants and unfit to be released back into the wild even if latter u want to release.. But as an exception , u only take care of those endangered species like PANDA or any other such. And better focus and do something to end poaching and deforestration !!
zoos are a good thing cos it gives the kids something to laugh at and the adults get to feel superior to big animals , it's a lot like capitalism... whats the point in living if you cant be the master over another living thing ? and animals live longer in captivity .. except the ones that die .
Geez its not about how comfortable they are in zoos, its a question of how keeping animals in captivity is not acceptable. If its for conservation, keep them in protected forests. If they are sick put them in natural sanctuaries. There is no reason to keep them in cement man-made cages and enclosures just for our viewing pleasure.
Guys look zoos are not perfect but do help with animals with fractured limbs that will not survive in the wild and yes they do care for money but don't we all i mean to take care of em they need money with out money they don't have supplies so i personally think they should not be ban so how about we put down are pitch forks and watch a animal documentary!!!!!
I don't like most zoos because they are too small and not really simulating their natural habitat. I want to work in a wildlife park that I think is absolutely perfect. I have hamsters and give them more than enough space to be happy and many toys to keep their brains stimulated and I believe that the wildlife park I want to work at is doing what I'm doing with my pets. I'm going to try and get a degree in zoology so I could work doing conservation in the wild. The wildlife park I want to work at is Yorkshire wildlife park and they are amazing.
The AZA doesn't mean a whole lot other than allowing zoos and marine parks like Seaworld to govern themselves in terms of their orcas, which only one other US aquarium possesses, Seaquarium of Miami. While zoos can be good for animals who wouldn't otherwise survive in the wild, many zoos and aquariums practice active capture programs in which the zoos capture wild animals who have lives, and in the case of many whales, dolphins, elephants and more, families in the wild. If zoos only rehabilitated and released and/or housed sick or injured animals that couldn't survive anywhere else, they would be justified. But as it stands, they are for businessmen to make money off their visitors under the guise of education.
I find it extremely hilarious when the whiny buthurt people say they hate zoos, but actually give zero fucks when the poor weak zoo animal is released into the wild only to be eaten by a bigger animal.
Zoos are prisons. The worst kind of prisons you can imagine. These sentient beings are put behind bars (or glass walls), exposed to public derision and psychological abuse. That's their life, powerlessly staring at the ugly facial expressions of cowardly human animals, and listening to the fastidious noises they make.
Some of us human animals used to do this to human animals of a different race: we call it racism. We still do it to sentient beings of a different species: we call it speciesism.
The fact that human animals are standing on the better side of that glass wall doesn't make us better animals than the abused ones.
If you are a human animal reading this comment, please consider stopping abusing animals for food, clothing and entertainment. And go vegan motherf***er.
In europe the elephats livs longer then in the us. In europe it is commun that a elephant livs till its 40 to 50 year old and even up to 60, like in my local zoo the have 3 cows over 30 year and 1 how is 45, the bull ha just past att the age of 56 year old.
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