Zoos bring us closer to wildlife in ways you could not imagine. It is also a good place for schools to go learn and interact with the animals. As pretty and fun zoos look they have a dark side to them. Many of these animals are living in worse conditions compared to where there natural habitat would be. There are many flaws to the zoo system and I believe we should ban them.

As I stated before, research has been done that animals who live in zoos are more likely to suffer form illness and injury and they have shorter lifespans. Even for the animals that the zoos say they are protecting because that species is on the brink of extinction, those animals are still in danger in the zoos because they suffer from anxiety, boredom and other severe mental issues. The other animals are captured innocently and separated from there families and there habitat to benefit the zoo. This only benefits the zoos because they will promote the animals they got which will bring in more money for them while not considering the health of the animal. You could also blame zookeepers for there brutality towards some if these animals.

In conclusion zoos are just not a safe place for the majority of the species. They deserve to be free instead of being locked in such small space.

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January 12, 2020 3:24 am

I don’t think Zoos should be closed because this is a way kids get to see animals up close. But there is somethings that the zoo can change like having more space for the animals to live and play. Also a cleaner enviroment. For some kids this is the first trip they go on in school and it helps them learn about animals why better than just reading a book for some kids.

January 10, 2020 9:35 pm

Hey Anthony,
Zoos do bring us closer to animals most people would ever see in their life because of the where they are located in the world. While they are their for educational purposes, many people do not read the plaques of information on the animal, they just look at the animal and move on. The best way to learn about animals nowadays are to research about them online. The internet has given a way where people can learn more facts on animals than a zoo could and in less time. I like how you talked about their living conditions. It is important that people understand that most of these zoo animals need way more space than they have. A lot of animals have depression because a lot of animals are herd animals. They need to be in large groups or else they can feel exposed and in danger. While there are a lot of endangered animals, people need to realize that zoos are taking them in because we have not taken action and responsibility for leading them to extinction. While zoos are better than nothing, it is a last resort that is failing.

January 10, 2020 6:45 pm

I agree, zoos do bring us closer to wild life though many are not aware of the living conditions of a zoo. Animal activist believe that zoos are terrible ideas (https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/gqmvzx/why-we-should-close-all-zoos-778). This article focuses on why zoos should be banned and how living conditions have not improved over the years. It mentions how there are reports worldwide of zoos abusing and stressing animals.

January 10, 2020 6:33 pm

Nice job. I thought your post was very interesting. Here is an article that further discusses the problem with zoos. https://www.bornfree.org.uk/zoo-issues
I agree that zoos have many affects on animals especially with anxiety. I liked how you stated zoos benefit “because they will promote the animals they got which will bring in more money for them while not considering the health of the animal.” This helps to claim that zoos can be greedy instead of living out their task of helping animals. I think you should included some sources to help deepen the argument of the long term effects, with specific examples of some animals. I think while you also state the negatives of zoo, you should include an argument for zoos, to help strengthen your opinion of removing zoos. Coming up with a solution would make this stronger. It is unfortunate how animals are not treated fairly and we need to find a way to end this problem.

January 10, 2020 6:32 pm

Hey Anthony,
I agrue with most of what you explained. Zoo are harmful for the animals, the poor animals face alot of problems such as anxiety, depression, anger etc. The animals are forced to live in terrible conditions, they are not provided witht he proper space they need or habitation. It is important to inform people about the behind the scenes of zoos. People should be educated about the dangers animals face when they are locked up with a lack of care and attention

December 19, 2019 7:07 pm

Hey Anthony,
I worked at the zoo over the summer and I do agree with some of what you’re saying. Zoos are for the most part bad for the animals and that is one of the reasons I quit my Job. I didn’t want to support an organisation harming animals who are innocent. We need to stop that. Though when zoos say they are helping an animal that’s going extinct that is true. We are helping species live who couldn’t otherwise from where they come from.
Something that’s important to know is that most of the animals at the zoo aren’t captured anymore. They are raised in a zoo, and then sold off to another zoo that needs it. We don’t go very often to Africa to find Lions to capture. No the lions are raised here in the US just for zoos.

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