Benefits or Pros The average zoo today is a far cry from the zoos of old when cement cages and steel-bar enclosures were commonplace. There is no doubt whatsoever that efforts need to be taken to study, protect and preserve animals; however, care should be taken to see that, in the process, animals suffer the least. Not only can we learn about ourselves with a zoo, we can learn about how the rest of the world operates at the same time. Sharks are harvested for their fins only, often left to die after the fin has been removed. The question whether animals should be kept in captivity or not is debated on many platforms and forums. Un-responsibility of parents can be cause of the injured or death of their children.
Breeding programs are focused on breeding animals that face extinction, meaning captivity is the only chance some animals have at survival. Habitats replicate natural environments like never before. They hire veterinarians to care for the animals that live at the zoo. Are these types of establishments really doing more harm to animals than good? Even zoos' conservation efforts leave something to be desired. Some shelters and zoos attempt to mimic the natural habitat of animals, but opposing proponents argue that these can never replace the real deal.
. Captive animals do not exhibit their natural behavioral traits in zoos, therefore, studying a zoo animal won't reveal much its natural living style. Wild animals are, in a way, connected to their natural surroundings and this bond is broken when they are put into artificial settings of a zoo. Just 3 in 10 pandas in captivity were even considered capable of reproduction. How much does it cost to house and take care of a particular animal? Do the cons of zoos outweight their benefits? For example, it is extremely difficult for zoos to recreate the natural environment that an elephant is used to living in. Cost efficiency often means they move animal welfare down in the list of priorities. Rehab centers, for example, I am fine with.
Zoo authorities do admit that the functioning of zoos is not flawless, and that captive animals do suffer from problems; however, they also expect people to appreciate the sincere efforts taken by them to protect and preserve wild animals. Conclusion There is no denying that the animals kept in zoos argument is a bit of a hot potato but both sides of the argument make valid points. As a result, animals in captivity are not cared for properly and are subjected to harsh living conditions. There are cons involved with animals in captivity as well. It may reduce the amount of food access that is available. The fact that zoos impact people in a positive way is nice, but it's not the people critics worry about -- it's the animals. Animals in the wild are more at risk to death from predators, sickness, etc than they are when they are in a zoo.
The California Condor population was under 100 in the early 1980s. It saddens me to see monkeys, seals, bears, etc. Local conditions may not favor certain animal species. Cons People often argue that animals are kept for show without any intention of releasing them and that we can't learn anything about the behavior of wild animals when they are being kept in zoos. Other animals, like gorillas, are facing habitat loss due to local wars. This issue is indirectly related to environmental problems and is the source of heated debates taking place the world over.
Here are some of the points pro and anti animal captivity proponents make. It is going to depend on the actual zoo as well as the animals that are in conservation. Residency and degree programs that involve zoology are based on the experiences that we have learned as a society about how to properly manage a zoo. A zoo provides economic assistance to local communities. The reasons behind keeping animals in captivity are associated with educational needs, research, recreation and conservation.
Pros There are several main reasons for the severe decline and extinction of so many wild species: Pros The Zoological Society of London runs conservation projects in over 80 countries around the world, working with communities to conserve their environment and promote the sustainable use of resources. Every facility is a little different. Capturing them destroys their routines and their way of life. There are numerous examples of humans intruding into animal habitats, only to have the animal killed because of the stupidity of the human. In order to provide such high-level of assistance and expertise to such a varied amount of animals requires professionals and veterinary experts to undertake specialist training. Sometimes, barren concrete and metal bars are all a tiger or bear will know for their entire lives. Despite their immense popularity, zoos have become increasingly controversial institutions.
Survival of animals: In a zoo, the animals are confined in an enclosure to protect the endangered species. Whether or not zoos benefit the animal community, they certainly do make money. Many zoos have conservation programs in place that are designed to promote mating and help to increase the population of a species. The oldest elephant in captivity in the U. In the end, it is up to us to decide whether we want to see animals in zoos or in their natural surroundings.