AGAINST Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation (Display to the Public (…
Rescue and Rehabilitation
Animals live in man made enclosures and dont get to live naturally. They always live in the same place all year round.
Animals get easily stressed from small enclosures or crowding and limited privacy
Animals lack mental stimulation and physical exercise
Animals are said to die prematurely or at an earlier age
Some animals are forced to live in climates that do not suit them
Display to the Public
Animals in zoos are provided for public entertainment
Do we have the right to capture and breed wild animals?
Selective breeding practices are there for the benefit of people (making money) and not for the benefit of the animals
Animals get massively stressed living in unfamiliar environments..Is this fair?
No amount of space or perfectly built pens can make up for the wild
Zoos tend to provide the minimum standard with regards to cage size, health care, fencing etc to allow their profit margins to remain high.
Removing animals from the wild to display in zoos reduces the genetic pool available in the wild. This will endanger animals in the wild.
What happens to the animals when these facilities become overcrowded..They are ultimately euthanized anyway or sold to the highest bidder so why rehabilitate in the first place
Zoos are there to teach people about animals. ARE THEY? They are only teaching the youth that it is ok to capture wild animals and imprison them for our entertainment. This animal knowledge could be gained ethically by observing animals in the wild
Studies have shown that animals do not live as long in zoos as they would in the wild
Animals are unable to socialise and display normal behaviours
Abnormal behaviours develop.
Circus animals spent the majority of their day chained up with 1% performing for the public
Relocation of Species
Many animals do not survive relocation. Each year, the Wildlife Care Center is brought hundreds of animals that have become injured or orphaned because of trapping. Animals that are relocated have to fight for new territories and are often injured or killed in the process
Relocation is biologically unsound. Relocation of wildlife to new territories can disrupt the wildlife that is already living there. It also is a quick way to spread disease among wildlife populations. In many instances, sick animals are brought to our care center in cages side by side with animals that are about to be relocated.
Relocation can be stressful to wild animals. They may experience elevated heart rates and breathing rates, high blood pressure, acute changes in blood chemistry and depressed appetites. These factors in turn may make them more vulnerable to disease or predation.
A relocation site may not have all the basic needs for the animal to survive. Although the site may look suitable to us, it may lack proper food or shelter.
The combination of the previous factors often caused animals to leave the release area. The animal may aimlessly wander for miles, and is accountable for high mortality in released animals.
Population Dynamics including
Working with individual animals can be seen as having either no impact on the species' population as a whole or, worse, having a negative impact by potentially returning to the wild an individual that "natural selection" was removing as unfit.
Wildlife rehabilitation could be seen as a waste of time and resources
Releasing animals back into the wild, even after a short stay in captivity can be risky. Disease and non-native species are significant problems facing wild animal populations. Animals maintained or rehabilitated in captivity may appear healthy but can harbor disease or parasites that would be fatal to that individual if returned to the wild. Released animals can also transmit diseases or parasites to otherwise healthy wild individuals putting wild populations at significant risk
The wild animal may become dependent on humans to take care of them
Some animals develop a condition called zoochosis, which is a result of the animal feeling stressed from an unsuitable environment. This condition is very common in captivity.