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The Problems with Captivity

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Megan Hassard

on 28 March 2014

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Transcript of The Problems with Captivity

The Problem with Captivity
The Circus
The circus is a common place for abusive training methods. Hooks, chains, whips, electric prods and blunt instruments are used to force the animals to perform tricks. Circuses travel around 48 weeks per year, leaving the animals to spend an average of 26 hours in cages, during transport. Around 96 percent of a circus animal’s life is spent in chains or cages. Not only do circuses cause harm to animals, numerous humans have been severely injured and even killed. Since 1990, there have been over 123 cases of lion attacks.
The Circus Continued...
Here is a video showing behind-the-scene cruelty that is routinely involved in circuses that use animals.
Further Resources
For more information please visit these websites.
Marine Parks
Animals in an aquarium are confined to small tanks, and can easily get bored and frustrated. In an effort to provide more natural environments for the animals, different species are often kept together, which lead to predator animals attacking or eating their tank mates. Furthermore, the tanks are stocked either with captured animals or animals bred in captivity. Capturing animals in the wild is stressful, injurious and sometimes fatal; breeding in captivity is also a problem, because those animals will live their entire lives in a tiny tank instead of a vast ocean.

In the wild, orcas and members of other dolphin species live in large, intricate social groups and swim up to 100 miles a day in the open ocean. In aquariums and marine parks, these animals can only swim endless circles in enclosures and are unable to engage in most natural behaviors.

Hundreds of marine mammals, have been taken from U.S. waters and placed in aquariums and theme parks. Other countries continue to take dolphins and whales from the wild.







Captive animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, and as a result, they become bored and lonely and many even suffer from a condition called “zoochosis.” If you’ve ever witnessed a captive animal rock and sway back and forth, you’ve seen the disease firsthand. Some animals are so unhappy that they risk their lives in desperate attempts to free themselves. At the Dallas Zoo, a gorilla named Jabari tried to escape by jumping over the walls and moats of his enclosure, only to be fatally shot by police. A witness later confessed that teenagers were taunting him by throwing rocks. Because many species roam large distances in their natural habitat, zoos cannot provide the amount of space animals have in the wild. Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would in the wild. African elephants in the wild live more than three times as long as those kept in zoos. Even Asian elephants working in timber camps live longer than those born in zoos
Whats wrong with captivity?
Many people believe keeping animals in captivity is harmless, beneficial even, but this is a misconception. Zoos, circuses, aquariums, marine parks, etc... are all unnecessary and harmful. The animals live their lives full of stress, boredom and fear. Keeping animals in captivity is also dangerous for humans. Many people have been seriously injured and even killed because of captive animals.
Please watch this video
There are many alternatives to keeping animals in captivity. These activities are fun and educational as well as respectful to animals.
Instead of going to a circus that forces animals to perform tricks for entertainment you can go see shows such as Cirque Du Soleil. These shows are creative and feature talented performers who choose this life of entertainment and are paid to work there.
You can watch nature movies, documentaries and TV shows that show animals in their natural habitats.
Explore nature photography online or in books or, better yet, take your own camera and start photographing birds and other animals in your own neighbourhood.
Get outside and visit your local conservation areas and parks.
Set up a bird feeding station in your yard or on your apartment balcony.
Visit, volunteer at, or support sanctuaries that provide homes for abandoned, abused and neglected animals.
Visit, volunteer at, or support a wildlife rescue & rehabilitation centre.
Adopt an animal from an animal shelter or volunteer to walk dogs or socialize cats.
Get involved in outdoor activities, like hiking, canoeing and camping. You can see lots of wildlife while you’re doing a fun activity.
Nearly every town and city have outdoor clubs you can join.
Visit a science center or museum that features displays about the natural world.
Cirque Du Soleil Performers
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