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Zoos - Species Protection or Animal Abuse?


Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection )

Cher Away
- 352 days ago - dw.de
More than 100 species of animals become extinct in the wild every day. Humans destroy their habitats, or hunt them down to the last specimen. Can zoos help protect these animals from total annihilation?



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Frans Badenhorst (547)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:18 am
I will never get my head around this matter..........my heart says a big NO though....
 

Allan Yorkowitz (452)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:06 am
Whenever you deny an elephant, tiger its natural habitat, it's a form of abuse. Tragically, I would rather see all elephants and tigers transported out of China to not live in a zoo, but a sanctuary created in a handful of countries, given the responsibility of their care.
Zoos have their animals. Now is the time to find a safe haven for those who survive.
Am I talking millions of dollars? Of course; in the long run the investment will pay off - these animals will be here.
 

Sara P. (53)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:14 am
I guess that it depends about which type of zoo we are talking about.......It's really sad that some species are more protected in a zoo that into the wild but this is the reality.
 

Ruth S. (314)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:22 pm
These animals should not be living in a cage, its not right, think about yourselves, how would it feel to live in a closet for the rest of your live's with no hope of ever getting out!?
 

Barbara D. (107)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 12:36 pm
Totally mixed feelings!! Look, for sure they're going to die in the wild ~ that's reality. I've been to many INCREDIBLE zoos and wildlife parks ~ yea, I wouldn't mind living there. On the other hand, why are we saving them? I doubt they'll ever live their natural life in the wild, so are they just something to stare at to remind us of what used to be??
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:09 pm
Noted.
 

Christeen Anderson (476)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:11 pm
Probably a little of both. I have a mixed view here.
 

Kate Kenner (202)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 2:35 pm
The San Diego Zoo sends me emails and they do return animals to the wild so as zoos go they seem to be OK As a rule though I am not a fan of zoos. They say they are educational but I am guessing the kids really just want to run from animal to animal and learn nothing. I really do not like the term exhibit also. Museums have exhibits that showcase objects. Animals are not objects but living beings. I don't think all zoos are bad but again I am not a fan of the concept.

There is a great episode of the Twilight Zone in which a man lands on another planet. The inhabitants appear to be human and pretend to accept him in and give him a place to stay. Once he tries to get out though he can not and when he opens the curtains he finds he is an exhibit of humans in their natural habitat and is stuck there just as the animals in zoos are unable to leave their faux natural habitats (and that's if they are lucky enough to be in a zoo that tries to replicate their natural habitats).

I wouldn't say it is abuse if it is a zoo where the people care but animals are not meant ot live in enclosures.
 

Liliana Danel (31)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 7:15 pm
There is a difference between a zoo and an animal sanctuary. This article does not cover AZA. Anything related to AZA is never good to animals.
 

Rehana VN (0)
Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:17 pm
Removing & confining any animal from their natural habitat & family group is gross abuse. Zoos are just a "front" for so called protection & preservation. They are exhibiting these animals for monetary reward. I am totally against all "chosen homes" for these animals. Leave them to be ,Nature & their balance in ecology must dictate, not human interference. Do not support zoos or any other organisations that that steal animals & pretend that they are doing the animal or us a favour. Bulldust!
 

PrimaSICK B. (1278)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 6:09 am
I agree with this comment ; Rehana V. (0) Tuesday August 6, 2013, 10:17 pm
"Removing & confining any animal from their natural habitat & family group is gross abuse. Zoos are just a "front" for so called protection & preservation. They are exhibiting these animals for monetary reward. I am totally against all "chosen homes" for these animals. Leave them to be ,Nature & their balance in ecology must dictate, not human interference. Do not support zoos or any other organisations that that steal animals & pretend that they are doing the animal or us a favour. Bulldust! "

A zoo should not exist. A sanctuary for animals in need or unable to live on their own is all that is needed in this world. There is no reason for a zoo and they always use that BS that it's to keep animals from going extinct and breed new ones. Thta's not right to call it a zoo for that reason and usually that is onne animal they do that with. Sanctuaries to help animals are the only reason I can an animal held in captivity BUT free roaming......................
 

Liliana Danel (31)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 7:45 am
Please my friends if you are not familiar about the The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Please go to In Defense of Animals and find out that Zoos are there just to exploit animals. NO ZOO IS EVER A GOOD ZOO. AZA is an industry trade organization that "accredits" zoos and is regulated and funded by the operators of zoos themselves.The AZA claims to be a conservation and education organization, but in reality member zoos spend a tiny percentage of their annual budgets on actual conservation efforts (conserving endangered species where they live, rather than in zoos).
 

Lona Goudswaard (67)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:17 am
Barbara D. has got it right, but I'd like to add: yes, preserve them an make us look at them so we are constantly reminded of how we failed to keep them from extinction and of how we keep on failing other species. If not kept in zoos where we take our kids and have to face their questions, their extinction is going to be swept under the rug and we do not learn.

But keep them only in those marvellous zoos Barbara mentioned, they'll emulate their natural habitat as closely as possible.
 

Liliana Danel (31)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:34 am
Lona, there are many many options where kids can learn about animals. I believe kids learn more watching an IMAX movie documentary. Recently Disney has come up with very good documentaries. Also, take them to a sanctuary where they have animals that have been rescued.
 

Liliana Danel (31)
Wednesday August 7, 2013, 9:37 am
Instead of creating fancy cages with fake ecosystems... they should invest that money in saving the real ecosystem in which we live in. Either way if we killing animals and destroying their world... there will be a time when the species will die as well as the ones that are caged. Out of so many animals born in captivity...see how many have died and how many have survived. We are even killing them and traumatizing mothers in Zoos.
 
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