How do you feel about keeping animals in zoos? Read both sides of the argument to help you decide.

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Are zoos a good thing?

Zoos are hugely popular attractions for adults and children alike. But are they actually a good thing?

Critics of zoos would argue that animals often suffer physically and mentally by being enclosed. Even the best artificial environments can't come close to matching the space, diversity, and freedom that animals have in their natural habitats. This deprivation causes many zoo animals to become stressed or mentally ill. Capturing animals in the wild also causes much suffering by splitting up families. Some zoos make animals behave unnaturally: for example, marine parks often force dolphins and whales to perform tricks. These mammals may die decades earlier than their wild relatives, and some even try to commit suicide.

On the other hand, by bringing people and animals together, zoos have the potential to educate the public about conservation issues and inspire people to protect animals and their habitats. Some zoos provide a safe environment for animals which have been mistreated in circuses, or pets which have been abandoned. Zoos also carry out important research into subjects like animal behaviour and how to treat illnesses.

One of the most important modern functions of zoos is supporting international breeding programmes, particularly for endangered species. In the wild, some of the rarest species have difficulty in finding mates and breeding, and they might also be threatened by poachers, loss of their habitat and predators. A good zoo will enable these species to live and breed in a secure environment. In addition, as numbers of some wild species drop, there is an increased danger of populations becoming too genetically similar. Breeding programmes provide a safeguard: zoo-bred animals can be released into the wild to increase genetic diversity.

However, opponents of zoos say that the vast majority of captive breeding programmes do not release animals back into the wild. Surplus animals are sold not only to other zoos but also to circuses or hunting ranches in the US or South Africa, where some people are willing to pay a lot of money for the chance to kill an animal in a fenced enclosure. Often, these animals are familiar with humans and have very little chance of escaping.

So, are zoos good for animals or not? Perhaps it all depends on how well individual zoos are managed, and the benefits of zoos can surely outweigh their harmful effects. However, it is understandable that many people believe imprisoning animals for any reason is simply wrong.

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What do you think about zoos? Are they a good thing, or is it cruel to keep animals in captivity?

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nguyenthao0808 30 October, 2019 - 09:42

In the nature, Many animals live together. There are some animals that can have freedom and enjoy the nature, But some of them are not. For example, A giraffe that has long neck can eat leaves and be full, But a giraffe that has short neck can't eat foods and can't survive. There are many situations like this in nature. These animals like giraffes that I told you before need our help, And zoos are helping help them. So I think zoos are good for animals.

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nidia 27 August, 2019 - 14:46

On the other hand, there are some zoos that treat well the animals they care for and give them good care, those are the ones that have values and give a good service to the care of the animals, which is why they are considered a society that protects animals.

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nidia 27 August, 2019 - 14:00

I think that the creation of zoo was a bad idea, because it is to lock animals away from their natural habitat, stresses them and causes them discomfort, so the only one who benefits is the one who manages the business, from the suffering of the animals.

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nidia 27 August, 2019 - 13:42

I consider the article very good, because it does not talk about the care of animals .It describes it in a very detiled way and about the care given to animals endangered .In this way he gives us to undestand his point of view and the reflection that he presents.

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Ales144 27 August, 2019 - 03:02

I think that zoos have good things and bad things but the importance of those type of model is in the responsibility because of one-way zoos helps animals and gave a better lifestyle, but when the zoo is irresponsible is very bad for the animals and we have to save them, so I think that the most important to have a zoo is the conscience of those lives and be empathetic with all around us.

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afroza 17 April, 2019 - 17:27

In zoos we sometimes see that animals often suffer physically and mentally by being enclosed.This thing leads many wild animales to become stressed kr depressed.sometimes mammals may die earlier than their wild relatives by being harmfully or forcefully trained nd some animals even try to commit suicide.Bt on the other hand,by bringing them Together zoos saves many animals from hunters nd from being extinct.It also inspires people to become aware if wild animals,protect them and of course their importance in our society.Most importantly zoos help in breeding programmes.A good zoo will enable these rare species to live and breed in a secure place.So 'ARE ZOOS GOOD FOR ANIMAL' depends on how will individual zoos are managed nd obviously by using zoos properly we can bring a lot of good for our environment nd for the animals..

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BatarravacMisil 13 March, 2019 - 18:26

I think that the current zoos we have are not particulary a good place for wild animals. In fact, it just turn them crazy. The reasons exposed in the text are just acceptable if you give to the animals an habitat just like they have in the wild. Some place like the natural habit is a good option to make them breed and protect the endangered especies from the hunters. To put them in a jail is far to be the best choice to protect animals.

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Youjiro 7 February, 2019 - 08:02

I thing zoo is good for us.wild animal especially endangered species are on the discussion.In fact Tigger is most expensive animal in zoo.Tigger is attract people that want to see wild animal. Nowaday tigger is protected by organization that keep wild life. advantage of zoo is attract us safely on the zoo. I went to zoo to see animal.I really enjoyed animal such as monkey,rino,tigger. Tigger is most popular animal in the zoo.I thought zoo is good for us to enjoy holiday .disadvantage is that animal in the zoo is not live in wild life .Animal used to feed from zoo staff.I won't get meat in wild life and they won't protect from predator. To sum up ,zoo is good for us but it need control to get animal from wild life.

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MrAuStRiAnMaN23 1 April, 2019 - 10:34

Tigers and other animals do get meat in wildlife (but only the carnivores) for example Tigers and other carnivores hunt their prey and eat them.
Kind Regards!

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parsasoroori 1 January, 2019 - 22:40

Maybe we should inspire more people to find more opponents to close the zoos. It's not a good idea to jail animals for any reason. They like freedom as well.

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bilko 24 June, 2018 - 13:41

in my opinion, keeping animals in the zoos is not good. I believe, every creature should live with their natural habitat like humans.

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DeathlyHallows03 24 July, 2018 - 11:09

I agree with you. Imagine that you're an animal that is always in the same place and without freedom. It is torture.

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2GAMR98 3 January, 2018 - 03:48

I personally believe that zoos should be used only for endangered species or species with high risks of other predators in the wild, besides that these animal centers should be strictly controlled otherwise they are closed.

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ambitioushouda 2 September, 2017 - 07:04

i think that there are two kinds of zoos.first kind,zoos that respect the conditions of living of the animals ( protecting them from danger,extinction and poachers,education,safe place...etc)and second kind that exploit them for their benefits whithout evaluating the consequences. SO this kind is so cruel .

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SLMT 28 August, 2017 - 17:16

I also think zoo is the most frightened place for animals.Who want to live in a cage?Do u also want to be in a small cage until u die?The answer will be No. Animals are also have brain and heart.Whichever animals are they , they want freedom. In my country,there are 2 zoos .Both of them have bad conditions. Being a developing country, no extra budget for animals in zoos.Country can't afford a lot on zoos.I am so sad to see the animals in zoo.In my country's zoos,animals aren't fed enough and they are always starving. Zoo keepers aren't kind to animals and they don't do their job properly because they only got less salary.Moreover,the climate of our country is always hot.Some of the animals who are used to live in cold environment face the worst situation in my country bcoz of extreme heat.When I went to zoo last summer,I saw penguins suffer heat alot and all of the man made ice are melting.They are so poor to be in a hot country.That's why,zoo doesn't always give good things to animals.If the nature of species,diversity of animals are not matched,animals only become the victims. If u see from other side of view,zoo helps alot in international breeding programs.They also help to reduce the increase rate of danger of population. Everything has pros and cons.We can't clearly decide what is right or wrong.

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duzhixian8886 29 July, 2017 - 15:15

After seeing this passage, I must admitted that it is cruel to keep animals in zoos. Firstly, some of the zookeepers treat the animals badly by giving them less food and using sticks to hit them. So that they live in bad conditions and never have the treatment they need. Secondly, when they were released into the wild , they will lose their instinct, they cannot hunt their prey because they were given some meat to survive when they were in the zoo. Thirdly, some of the endangered species may died when they were given some bad food, I mean, such as something that not suit for these kind of animals to eat. And if everyone keep chopping down the tree, the animals won't have their own natural habitat.

Keeping animals in zoos are not very bad, though. The manager of the zoo can earn money by the facilities inside the zoo and the tickets so that they can povide more mordern facilities not just for human but also for the animals.
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SimonLee 26 July, 2017 - 23:53

In my opinion, I don't think Zoo is a great thing. If you ask me why, let me show you what I think about it: Firstly, some zoos don't really care about animals, What they only care aboutis just to make money. In that case, animals always feel painful. Secondly, you may think zoo is a good thing, but don't you know what animal feel about? They want to be free, don't they? Last but not the least, in big zoos, some people always shout at or feed them, so lots of animals feel painful or dead quietly. In conclusion, zoos is not a great thing and I really hope they get less and less in the future.

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QueenPinkBluebel 19 July, 2017 - 20:37

In my opinion, I'd say that it's cruel and inhuman to enclose animals in small areas and deprive them from their freedom and liberty because it can make the animals feel mentally bad. So instead of promoting zoos, we should protect and preserve them and let them leave safety and in peace in their natural habitats.

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Ken 19 March, 2017 - 00:55

We mankind nowadays are kept in invidible zoos as well. Many got safety and food ; yield to be observed all the time by the "cyber security".....

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Dibu 4 March, 2017 - 11:09

In my opinion, it's cruel to keep animals in artificial conditions, which can harm them and force to feel badly.
I hope, mankind will soon find another way to observe different species whereas it'll be safe for them.

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axelar 20 September, 2016 - 11:37

I think that zoos are bad because the animals in there often have a small area to run around in and they can easily get super stressed.

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Ponfin 20 September, 2016 - 11:33

Most zoo's are treating animals as good as they can but most zoo's are just treating the animals like they want.
Tourists are mostly there to see different species and take photos.
I don't like going to zoo's because I don't like to see animals from the wild being in a "jail", because it makes me sad to see that they have to look good for people but they just want to get out of there.

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VivianAzure 7 August, 2016 - 02:53

The zoo is a entertaining place for people but it is not good for animals. Maybe we should only keep animals that are in endangered to cure them.

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Svetlana273645 17 July, 2016 - 15:58

From my point of view it is cruel to keep animals in zoos because animals can live in forest, eat what they want and there is a big territory. They can have cubs where they want to live.
Other people say that it ia significant to keep animals in zoos because there are lots of hunters and the animals can be killed. The best dicision for them to be in cages.
I am absolutely sure it is cruel to keep animals in zoos and do not give them freedom. More over animals can live more a long life in their natural conditions. To sum up we do not need to keep animals in zoos.

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