Prevent the Confinement of Animals

Prevent the Confinement of Animals

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Fatima Khan started this petition to state legislators

Mahatma Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated." And it's true. The U.S is a great country, but there are things we need to stop. One of these things is the confinement of wild animals. Thousands of captive tigers are in the U.S. According to BBC, " There are 7,000 tigers living in the US either in zoos or privately owned, according to some estimates. That's nearly double the estimated 3,890 tigers still prowling in the wild around the world."  Human interference is a deadly problem.

So, how does being in captivity harm a wild animal? Well, animals are meant to be free. They should never live in captivity. Often times, people horde wild animals, denying these creatures the proper medical attention they may need. Many animals either die, or are severely crippled due to these wounds. A distressed animal may even start harming its own body. According to onegreenplanet.org, "Wild animals kept in confinement with humans are physically manipulated to make them less dangerous (their teeth are filed down and nails are removed, for instance) or to make them more adaptable to life in someone’s home (for example, their tails are removed to accommodate diaper wearing and they are tethered or caged for hours every day)." Many wild animals are kept on chains, and trained so that they can be pet and held by tourists. The places are often advertised as "humane" but that isn't always true. What the tourists don't know is that these animals are torn away from their mothers when only a day or two old. Once the animal becomes too old, or can no longer produce offspring, it is abandoned. According to Animal Legal Defense Fund.org, "The Animal Welfare Act, or AWA, is the primary piece of federal legislation regulating captive wild animals. Zoos and circuses are among those who fall under this act. Its protections are minimal. For example, the law does not restrict the display or private ownership of captive wild animals or prohibit the use of controversial bull-hooks, whips, electrical shock or other devices commonly used in circuses. For animals in zoos, the AWA sets low requirements as to housing, food and sanitation, and, as is commonly noted, no requirements for mental stimulation of animals other than primates."

A big problem is that it is not hard for people to buy wild animals. I urge you to write to your state legislators, asking them to help prevent such cruelty of animals. According to The New York Times, “Human actions threaten more species with global extinction now than ever before, around 1 million species already face extinction, many within decades, unless action is taken.” I believe every person can make a difference. Humans have already harmed animals too much. Since these animals do not have a voice, we must speak out for them. Let's help these innocent creatures.

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