Yes, We Should Ban the Keeping Of Animals In Zoos

May 3, 2010
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Several years ago, the Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire, England admitted to killing excess monkeys. The park said that it cost too much to continue to feed the monkeys, so the animals were shot and left to die.

This is just one of the many cases in which animals are mistreated, murdered, and malnourished by humans. Animals should be able to live life in natural environments without any negative influences by humans.

The first reason zoos should be banned is because of the fact that malnutrition, mistreatment, and murder (the three m's) is becoming more and more popular in zoos worldwide. From China to Detroit, animals are not being treated the way animals should be treated. In fact, some animals are not even getting a chance at life. In 2007, the IDA (In Defense of Animals) came out with a top ten list of the worst places for an elephant to go. All ten of the American zoos have had elephants die prematurely there. This is because of mistreatment of animals (improper diet, lack of exercise, unsuitable living conditions, etc.).

Another example of mistreatment in zoos is illegal substances being made from animals. A tiger bone wine, banned in 1993, has been sold on the Chinese black market for several years now. Illegal transactions like this are very easy because of vets at the zoos.

The third reason zoos should be illegal is because they can give visitors the wrong idea about animals. Animals will behave differently in the wild then they will in a closed area. For example, animals in the wild are not given food through a slot in the door. Also, animals in captivity are tamer than animals in the wild, so if someone came across an animal in the wild, they may think it is safe to approach the animal when it is not. People could easily get hurt.

The final reason zoos should be banned is that it is just not morally correct. Humans are animals too. What if animals got smart and decided to capture humans and put them in zoos? Humans, if given the option, would probably choose to be free rather than be gawked at all day.

So in order to keep the circle of life and continue to have animals be a part of the world, humans must take basic steps to maintain the delicate balance between man and beast.

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LightsCameraIzzy said...
Feb. 6 at 4:12 pm
I love this article because I am doing the same thing for school and I hope you don't mind if I use some information from this article!!
LinnyJ said...
Nov. 30, 2016 at 11:03 am
I so agree with you! Zoo's do have the potential of preserving endangered species but they aren't right! If anything there should be special areas for endangered species to revive their population but other than that I think the other animals should be set free! How can we say we're helping them when we're keeping them in cages and making them lazy? People don't think about how this impacts the enviroment.
Ameer Khan said...
Oct. 23, 2016 at 3:32 pm
Firstly, Due to the disappearance of animals in day to days life, it is our responsibility to take care of those animals by providing proper and healthy food .As well as providing forest environment as zoo people provide for animals . which directly or indirectly helps us in saving the animals and taking it to the further generation. Acording to research A lot of young young child can remember the thing that they see or watch rather than imaging the things, So zoo will be benifical for our youn... (more »)
noname said...
Sept. 28, 2016 at 8:27 am
you have made a mistake dude......."..the fact that malnutrition, mistreatreatment and murder is becoming popular worldwide ...." these cannot get popular, istead you should write they are spreading . hope you consider my point.
Bobby said...
Sept. 21, 2016 at 4:38 am
zoos can preserve animals
Dab_on_em said...
May 5, 2016 at 10:57 am
I agree they should ban the zoo because they dont wanna be locked in a cage all day long walking around in circles.
Bobby replied...
Sept. 21, 2016 at 4:42 am
i agree dab
gremlin said...
Feb. 10, 2016 at 10:01 am
i agree however, if it werent for zoos many different species of animals would be extinct. by putting some of these in the zoos we can preserve them and hopefully get their numbers back up enough to let them back into the wild
ElleaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. replied...
Oct. 23, 2016 at 5:33 pm
Good point!
Jan. 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm
I think animals are wonderful!!!
Shany_Liv said...
Apr. 19, 2015 at 5:13 am
I like that, "gawked". It is such a lazy life for animals in zoos.. My only agreement with it is that maybe - though I think there are better ways to do it - it might educate people to an extent about animals. So many people live in cities, and may never interact with any true wildlife, but we are animals ourselves, and we need to accept that we share this planet. Great job expressing your opinions. If anything, a little more detail on your evidence (i.e. the monkeys that were done away with) wo... (more »)
Clinton C. said...
Mar. 26, 2015 at 10:52 am
Zoo's should not be banned but perhaps they should be limited to what kind of animals they have, one purpose of a zoo is to keep endangered animals safe and fed and usually those animals are in top notch, high priority zoos like toledo zoo and others of the same ranking. The way i see it is that zoos are not the fault of animal sickness or animal deaths in the zoos its the unprofessional workers who dont feed them and when confronted for it they give an excuse or lie either about the animals "at... (more »)
luthfi said...
Mar. 14, 2015 at 8:43 pm
This is an amazing essay
SaraElizabeth This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 4, 2015 at 12:18 pm
It honestly depends on the zoo. Some have well-designed enclosures for their animals, and do amazing things for animals whom are endangered, or those who would never survive In the wild on their own. I grew up going to a well known zoo in my city and I've seen some of the great things they've done for helpless animals.
Mar. 9, 2015 at 12:30 am
I still think that animals should be kept out of places like this unless they are really hurt
Mar. 9, 2015 at 12:30 am
I still think that animals should be kept out of places like this unless they are really hurt
Mar. 9, 2015 at 12:30 am
I still think that animals should be kept out of places like this unless they are really hurt
swaaaggeerr said...
Oct. 10, 2014 at 12:50 am
thanks for sharing this you deserve a medal
koolio said...
Jun. 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm
thank u so much for this! whe are doing an essay on why zoos should not be banned but we need to show we are not biased when typing it up, so therefore i need some disadvantages of the zoo. tthis has really helped  :3
zoeboepoe said...
Jun. 11, 2014 at 12:47 pm
i love this article! lol at the bottom tho it says "Free zoo coupons!"
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