MANILA ZOO SHOULD CLOSE: The animals big comeback to their natural habitat

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As a student, I've observed that when tourists are mesmerized by the animals that they can see inside the zoo, they say that it is "cute", "amazing", "fascinating" and the like. Little did they know, these animals should be relocated to their natural habitat for them to experience how "natural" should be in its own pace. Also, through natural habitat, animals has a freedom to reproduce in natural environment. This can avoid the cases of "endangered animals" and "extinction of animals."

Animals found in Manila Zoo are enclosed in cages or barriers that hinders them in doing their will as an living organism. Some of the zoo's infrastructure has deteriorated and the condition of animals started to fall beyond expectation.

According to PETA Director Jason Baker, "The Manila Zoo is a tiny, decrepit, and outdated facility and has nothing to offer animals except a life of deprivation, misery, and loneliness."

A petition presented by PETA states, "Animals belong with their families and communities in the wild, where they can run free, roam across long distances, and live as nature intended."

In Ma. Rosanna Mina's article, it is written in there:

As opposed to the vastness of the wild, animals in zoos are relegated to having limited space and privacy. The Manila Zoo, which houses hundreds of animals, only measures 0.055 square kilometers.

"Animals in zoos are confined to tiny enclosures, where they suffer from acute boredom and stress," reads the petition.

Internationally criticized for housing animals in cramped cages and giving substandard care, the Manila Zoo gives visitors a distorted view of wildlife, just like all other zoos, it said.

Even the largest zoos worry about how to provide for the needs of animals confined in their premises.

The other animal protections groups that signed the petition are Animal Kingdom Foundation Inc., Animal Welfare Coalition, CARA Welfare Phils (Compassion And Responsibility for Animals), International Wildlife Coalition Trust,, Network for Animals, Palawan Animal Welfare Association Inc., the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), and SAFE International Monitoring Program.