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Is it ethical to keep animals in zoos
Transcript of Is it ethical to keep animals in zoos
It is not ethical Conclusion Side A:
It is ethical Global Issue: Is it Ethical to keep Animals in Zoos?
By: Lauren Anderson Captive Breeding Programs less genetically diverse baby animals Lower Quality of Life Animals escaping enclosures, cont. Animals escaping enclosures Educational Programs "helps motivate people to protect animals," (www.britannica.com) For school children, students and visitors Saving Endangered Species breeding centers zoo births, rather than capturing from wild provide a safe environment ways the zoos help: Rehabilitation provide emergency services exotic pets wildlife oil spills Provide Enriched Habitats Conservation Programs Reintroduction "Establishing a species in an area that was once part of its historical range, but since has become extinct from that area," (IUCN 1998). Conservation cont. Overpopulation Surplus animals sold to: Other zoos Circuses Canned hunting facilities Slaughter Further Endangering Species taking animals away from natural habitat is traumatic Example:
2 polar bears at the Saint Louis Zoo imprinting Most programs do not release animals back into the wild: Forever in the zoo system Circuses Petting Zoos Exotic Pet Trade Endangers: Visitors Faculty Other Animals The escaped animal Tatiana the Siberian Tiger suffer from stress boredom confined lower life expectancy "zoochosis" In conclusion, the zoos opinions on if it is ethical to keep animals in zoos are far different from the animal activists opinions. Zoos find that they keep animals to educate the public to help save animals and help endangered species flourish again; Animal activists view keeping animals in zoos to be dangerous to the animals by giving them a lower quality of life and it risks making the animals further endangered by taking them from their natural habitat. But, if there is one thing that both sides happen to agree upon, they both consider it wrong for humans to destroy critical wildlife habitat.
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