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Transcript of Persuasive Essay
Traditional wire/ bar cage
Open range enclosure
Combination enclosure PETA and Zoos PETA opposes zoos, because...
Cages and cramped enclosures at zoos deprive animals of the opportunity to satisfy their most basic needs.
The zoo community regards the animals it keeps as commodities, and animals are regularly bought, sold, borrowed, and traded without any regard for established relationships.
Zoos breed animals because the presence of babies draws zoo visitors and boosts revenue.
In general, zoos and wildlife parks preclude or severely restrict natural behavior, such as flying, swimming, running, hunting, climbing, scavenging, foraging, digging, exploring, and selecting a partner.
Enclosures don't allow animals to live their lives in a natural way. Zoo animals have to spend day after day, week after week, year after year in the exact same enclosure. This makes their lives very monotonous.
Most enclosures are very small; which is different than what all animals are used to in the wild. Pros of Zoos Zoos have advanced over the past 4000 years. Most zoos used to use the bar/ wire cage, but now use the open range enclosures, for a more natural feel for the animals. Most zoos take in animals that are abandoned and wouldn't have a home. Some zoos give scientists the oppurtunity to conduct research on animals. Zoos preserve animals that are on the verge on extinction. When zoos breed animals, overpopulation becomes a major problem. The extra animals become known as "surplus animals." These "surplus animals" are either killed or sold to another zoo. A lot of zoos don't help with the research of certain animals. Most of the time, the environment in which the animals are in, is completely different from what the animals' natural environment actually is. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Zoos have to go through the test of the AZA to become an AZA- accredited zoo.
To improve animal welfare, AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums must:
Ensure quality care
Promote natural behaviors and natural environments
Assess and improve their training and education programs
Address the problem of surplus animals
The AZA created a Roadside Zoo Task Force beginning in 1999, to work on drafting legislation. The Task Force is exploring ways to tighten initial licensing standards, to reduce the number of new substandard, non-accredited zoos.
The AZA Roadside Zoo Task Force helped develop model state and local legislation to close the worst facilities. Zoo-owners aren't usually prepared for disaster when it suddenly strikes.
Just recently, a zoo in Mexico reported that 35 animals died from freezing to death. On Wednesday February 24, 2010 tourists watched in horror as a whale named Tilikum attacked its trainer in Seaworld Orlando. The whale dragged Dawn Brancheau into the tank and when parametics arrived at the scene, she was pronounced dead.
The autopsy reported that Brancheau died from 'multiple tramatic injuries and drowning'.