Better conditions for animals in zoos

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Because animals are in zoos for our entertainment, shouldn't they at least get better living conditions? Animals in zoos are locked in small, confined spaces that are foreign to their natural habitats. When in zoos, animals are deprived of the things that they would normally encounter, such as gathering their own food and creating their own shelters. I believe that the regularities under the AWA (Animal Welfare Act) should be expanded, because as of now there are only minimal requirements when it comes to food, water, housing, and sanitation. The inspections of zoos should be better enforced, especially considering the fact that there are over 2,000 zoos in the United States, and only 104 inspectors. Because of the conditions that animals live in, animals tend to self destruct, and they often live in distress and show signs of this, such as pacing back and forth in their cages. The average life span of an African elephant in a zoo is 16.9 years, where in the wild it's average life span is 56 years. If there were expanded regulations under the AWA and real routine inspections, hundreds of thousands of animals' lives would be better, they wouldn't have to live in distress, and they would live longer, happier lives. 



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