Should Zoos and Aquariums Exist? - Coggle Diagram
Should Zoos and Aquariums Exist?
Did you know that only 15% of animals in zoos are endangered?
"Zoos (and aquariums) are prisons for animals, camouflaging their cruelty with conservation claims" - Mimi Bekhechi (Mimi Bekhechi is the associate director of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals Foundation (PETA))
Animals in zoos and aquariums spend all day with people banging on the glass, and people flashing lights in their faces. This can be very anxiety-inducing for animals, and almost everyone agrees that zoos and aquariums are mostly for humans, not animals.
History and Backround
People have kept animals for around 4500 years. This means the practice of animal keeping has been a part of human culture as long as civilization goes.
Until the early 19th century, only royalty had zoos.
The first scientific zoo was opened in 1826 in London, called the Zoological Society of London
The Hongwu Emperor of China was the first person to keep fish in a fishtank.
In 1832, Jeanne Villepreux-Power was the first person to put marine life in a tank and to study them.
Many animals have been shot in zoos, whether it be for violence, or because they didn't have space for that animal.
Many zoos and aquariums have abused their animals.
The first zoo was created in 1500 B.C. by
Many zoos abuse their animals, and use them to make money.
Animals who are in captivity can suffer serious health problems because of loneliness, or captivity and confined spaces.
Lots of aquariums and zoos are often very overcrowded, which leads to many diseases being passed on from one animal to another.
Some zoos don't have the correct resources to carry out medical treatments for their animals.
Of course, there are some zoos that treat their animals very well, and they live a long happy life, but other zoos don't really care about their animals and treat them like objects.
Argument #1 - Many Zoos and Aquariums Abuse Their Animals
Some zoos treat animals like objects, not caring if they live or die
Lots of animals suffer from high stress levels, since they are in a new environment, and nobody is there to "introduce" them
Lots of zoos are doing it just for the money.
They force their animals to preform.
Zoos and Aquariums should not exist because, although many zoos claim they are helping the animals, many are abusing them and the animals suffer from serious health diseases.
Zoos and aquariums should not exist because they are abusing their animals, they don't have the proper equipment to care for them, and confinement is psychologically and physically damaging to animals.
Zoos and aquariums should not exist because keeping animals in captivity is physically cruel, they don't have the proper equipment to care for them, and it is bad for the mental health of the animals
Argument #2 - Some Zoos and Aquariums Don't Have The Right Equipment
Some zoos and aquariums try to help their animals, but end up hurting them because they don't have the right equipment
Some people bring sick and/or injured animals to a zoo, but that specific zoo doesn't have the right equipment, leading to the animal not being able to be saved because they wasted time on going to a zoo that couldn't help them.
I think there should be animal hospitals, not zoos. People could visit the animals that are healing, and when the animals are healed, the doctors could release them into the wild. If the animals were not able to be released ever again, only then could the animal be put into a zoo.
Some zoos and aquariums don't have enough space, but people are still bringing animals there. The zoos/aquariums end up having to kill older animals to make way for new animals.
Some zoos are often very overcrowded, so disease ends up spreading like wildfire through the zoo.
Argument #3 - Zoo/ Aquarium Confinement is Phycologically and Physically Damaging to Animals
Animals in zoos often have lots of anxiety, since people are always swarming around them.
Animals behaviorists often find that animals in zoos/aquariums have illnesses not seen in the wild, such and clinical depression, or OCD.
Many animals have extremely small enclosures, and they are too small to carry out their normal routines. This leads to pacing and more infant deaths.