Help save zoo animals! Zoos are not helpful
Help save zoo animals! Zoos are not helpful
Imagine, you are in a small prison alone among 20 different human beings. Suddenly, some giants come and pay money to learn about you, human! You are performing so you won't get harmed by trainers (giants), and the visitors (giants) take pictures. Some giants give you specific food, not something you want. How would you feel? We can relate this to animals. So I strongly believe that zoos are not helpful to animals because of these three reasons: too little space, animals get harmed, and animals will never go back to the wild.
One reason why zoos are not helpful to animals is because they have too little space. Many cages in zoos are hundreds of times smaller than the wild. For example, elephants live in groups but zoos are too small to have several elephants. So Mali, an elephant, was called the world's loneliest elephant in the world. Also in the sea world, for orcas and dolphins, the cage is like a concrete bathtub! Animals are trapped and confined for their whole life! This is making me think that some animals will know that the cage is artificial. In the wild, they travel miles and miles but in small cages, they can swim/walk only in small circles. Some will also argue that zookeepers can play with animals but that's actually training and I will talk about it in my second reason. This shows that people who thought zoos are helpful should think again about how humans will feel if giants come to see humans in prison relating this to animals.
Another reason why zoos are not helpful to animals is because animals get harmed both physically and mentally. Did you think that zoos are careful with animals? NO! For example, animals get instantly killed when they escape and they are forced to get in prison when they harm people. An orca was confined in prison for his aggressive behavior caused by never-ending training. Some smart animals even try to suicide when they keep on getting trained. Surprisingly, surplus animals are sold to hunting ranches where people pay a lot of money to have a chance to kill wild animals. Since zoo animals are familiar to humans, they won't run away. No way zoos help endangered animals. Only 15% of the animals in zoos are endangered. But even with a small amount, an endangered deer were left to rot beside the bins. But will people know? No. In addition, a giraffe named Marius was killed at Copenhagen zoo to be fed to lions. This means that they throw away animals, especially useless for breeding. Furthermore, according to PETA more than 40 orcas have died, more than 300 other dolphins and whales have died in seaworld. Many animals that are getting trained are having a painful life because of tools like bullhooks, tight collars, and electric prods. This evidence shows that zoos are hiding many of their weaknesses and people don't know 'behind the scenes'.
The Last reason why zoos are not helpful to animals is because animals will never go back to the wild. This means that they'll lose their natural behavior. For example, many animals are taken from the wild. Lolita, an orca was taken away from her mom as a baby and lived half a century in the same tank. Also, a baby elephant was taken away from mom and herd but died fastly when she entered the zoo. Not only these animals but babies are once taken away from the wild or born from the zoo's breeding program. Furthermore, Aspinall, a person in Born Free, the international charity that campaigns against keeping wild animals in captivity says that “Only a very small number of animals held by European zoos have been the subject of release projects, and third of those species were not rated as threatened,” So this shows that not much animals go back to the wild. Animals are mostly not allowed to stay with family because baby animals are sold to other zoos for money. All of this shows that animals won't show anything important to them like hunting or even family.
In conclusion, zoos are not helpful to animals. The last fact to persuade you is that some zoos even give drugs to conceal distress and disorientation. To help save animals, watch TV where animals run around free, not zoos where animals are confined. To help save animals, encourage and support rehabilitation and releasing injured wildlife not going to zoos where animals get harmed both outside and inside. Lastly, to help save animals, focus on saving and caring for nature so that animals will have somewhere to go, not going to zoos where animals will never go back to the wild. Doing all of these will help both animals and humans! Can't the technology help make VR zoos? Do you really think we know a lot about animals?