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This is an on – going battle. A lot of people are against zoos. However, they can’t stop it because there are millions of people who are enjoying the sights of caged animals. I’m actually puzzled too. To be fair, I have listed 2 pros and 2 cons of zoos. Read it and give your own opinion as well.
Education. Zoos are good because it’s actually an effective educational tool. Students can learn more if they have visuals. If you are teaching animals, the best way to impart the lessons to your students is by taking them to zoos. This is a great place to practice a different style of learning.
Conservation. Because of different external forces, wildlife is being threatened. There are a lot of hunters that kill animals without considering the effects of losing the creatures. Zoos are there to help in conservation. Some zoos are serious with their advocacy. They are not operational to earn. They are operational because they want to help the creatures that are being killed by greedy people.
Now, let us tackle the cons of building zoos.
Entertainment. Who doesn’t love dolphin shows? Who’s not a fan of elephant tricks? Who wouldn’t want to see a lion being tamed by an average Joe? As humans, we always have that craving to see creatures being controlled by our fellow humans. Yes, it is pleasing to the eye. However, there are times that we go overboard. There are times that we abuse the capability of these animals for our own pleasure.
Prison. Are zoos becoming a prison? I have read an article about elephants. Most zoos can’t give the required space for elephants. Since they are big creatures, they need vast lands. Of course, zoos won’t be able to provide that. Hence, they are making the animal weaker by the day. No wonder that there are a lot of groups who protest against zoos.
I guess it really depends on the objective of building a zoo. If it is for pure pleasure, I would say NO to zoos. But if they aim to help creatures and they want to educate more people, then by all means, YES. I just hope that all zoos in the US have the good intentions. Let’s not abuse our power over animals. We all know that they can be revengeful too. And we wouldn’t want to experience their wrath, would we?
Kim Bookman loves animals and zoos. She noticed that there are zoo owners who are taking advantage of animals. She’s against those kinds of zoos.