Should animals be kept in zoos?

Zoos are premises for the captivity of animals, often in urban areas where many of the animals would not otherwise be found, with the intention of studying the animals and displaying them to the public at large. The predecessor of the zoo was the menagerie, which involved the captivity of birds typically for the entertainment of the aristocracy, and has a long history running back to ancient times. The first modern zoo evolved out of an aristocratic menagerie in Vienna in 1765. Many types of zoo now exist, from the petting zoos that encourage the public to get up and close with the animals to the large nature reserves that provide space for the animals to roam around within and most famously the large, urban zoos like the London Zoo which include elephants, lions and penguins and are usually notable tourist drawcards for the cities concerned. Proponents argue that zoos are beneficial both to the animals themselves, protecting endangered species with specific breeding programs, and the public, as an educational tool to increase both awareness and understanding. Opponents respond that the removal of wild animals from their habitat is wrong, that they should be left in their natural surroundings and not used as tools for public entertainment. (shamelessly taken from our sister site idebate.org)

Should animals be kept in zoos?

Yes because... No because...

Entertainment and Health at its best

Its a win win situation really. Zoo Keepers take good care of animals and people get to view animals at their own pleasure (Which funds the zoo keepers with the money to take care of the animals further). No, not animals are endangered because we destroyed their habitat. For instance, The Tasmanian Devil is endangered as of recent years. For an unknown reason, the Devils have had a wide spread of cancer. However, this is only true for wild Tasmanian Devils. Domesticated Devils have not had this caner problem. They may be in cages and not tied to what we'd think of as the "ideal" home for these animals, but lets face it, these animals are cleaned, fed nutritiously and even given a roof over their head, usually with a "piece of their own environment". Its like being taken off the street as a hobo and living in a luxurious suite, fed meals every day, bathed, regular doctor visits to make sure you're in good shape. Would you complain if this happened to you?

Should animals be kept in zoos?

Yes because... No because...

Yes,Animals should be kept in zoo's.

I totally agree with this point that animals should be kept in zoo's there in zoo they are more safe than the best place of keeping them is zoo only as they are not safe in forest and at home.Well I am having a cat and I am totally rid of its smell from my carpet and I have to use carpet cleaning north shore services always so it is better to keep them at zoo but not at home.

Should animals be kept in zoos?

Yes because... No because...

Wild Animals Are Not Domesticated

Yes unfortunately as they are protected and saved from humans in zoos.Cant be hunted and cant be killed off with deforestation.I fear they will be in majority in zoos soon enough.As governments of world dont give a damn.But at least not extinct.

Wild animals have not been domesticated by humans. Simply possessing them for the sake of breeding in the case of an endangered specie really solves nothing. Most of these animals are endangered because of severe devastation to their natural habitat. Even if you repopulate them, where will they go? It's a fools errand. The technology exists to collect genetic information and store embryos and sperm. Breeding them at this point is unfair, unless the intention is to increase zoo's population. Lastly, many of these exotic endangered species are from developing societies where the alternatives created by wealth simple don't exist. It's easy to complain about the destruction of the environment, but most of these people are simply supporting themselves and their families with the only means available to them.

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