I have always focused on the problem with zoos. My articles have always been more one sided. It is hard to reason and look at another point of view someone else is feeling when you disagree with it so much. No one likes the idea of animals being abused or hurt.


In this article it talks about the Hogle Zoo in Utah. Zoos get a lot of backlash on how they are not taking proper care of their animals and how they are not being kind to them. While this is the case sometimes, There are zoos that do their best with the resources they have at their disposal. Animal behavior is hard to see. When an animal is injured it will hide any signs and symptoms it might has. This is so they look strong and healthy so predators will be hesitant to attack them. If they showed their weakness or injury, they know that a predator will surely pick them to attack.

It was too late for a pregnant giraffe who most likely hid her symptoms. The zoo tried to save both the mother and the baby but the baby was to small to save. In these instances they are taken to a medical examiner to see what happened to them. While zoos seem like a terrible place for animals, which I do not disagree about, I do think that some zoos do try and care for their animals.

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September 21, 2020 4:53 pm

The article “Backlash on Zoos” provides the writer’s opinion and examples regarding the treatment of animals in zoos. He mentions how others think animals found in zoos are treated poorly but he also mentions how that is not the case in every zoo. Every zoo is different and some are more caring and responsible towards their animals and make do with what they have available. The writer also mentions an example of why it is difficult to tell when an animal is in need of help and proceeds to show an example of a giraffe and her unborn baby.

I really appreciate you bring into attention the treatment and examples of zoos. I agree with your provided article that some zoos are not the best with their treatment toward their animals but yet how some zoos are not as bad and actually be helpful and beneficial for animals. I understand your feelings towards many zoos because it is true that many have horrible treatment towards their animals and agree with the anger many have towards their treatment.

How do you think we can bring more awareness to the maltreatment of animals in zoos?


March 1, 2020 8:22 pm

Hi Jonathan, I also agree with your argument. This topic does not get as much publicity as it should. But the lack of regulations and ability to take care of the animals is really depressing and sad. But thank you for bring it closer to the light. I found more info that you might find interesting here: https://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/animals-used-entertainment-factsheets/zoos-pitiful-prisons/

February 19, 2020 12:09 am

Johnny, Good work with this article I agree with you that Zoo’s are having issues. Here is an article that maybe could help you out with your issues with the zoos.

February 18, 2020 6:07 am

Great post Jonathan!
I like your approach to the issue and the way you pointed out the specific problems. It is shocking to discover how animals are treated at what is suppose to be their home. I think the link attached below will provide you with additional facts and give you a broader perspective into this issue.


February 18, 2020 2:56 am

You did a good job on your post and explaining the side you disagree with. I think zoos aren’t the best of places, but in some cases, the animals living in zoos have a higher quality of life than living in the wild. Many of the wild risks are taken away, making the animals happier.
This article goes more in depth about this: https://www.theguardian.com/science/lost-worlds/2014/aug/19/why-zoos-are-good

February 16, 2020 8:02 am

Hi jonathan, your post is good.
I like your idea about the problem of zoos. The zoo lack lots of regulation, they are to hurry to put it in run to make money. This is hurt for animals. Also the limited places will hurt animals’ behave too. Here’s some sources that might help you:

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