Animals in Captivity

659 Words Feb 2nd, 2018 3 Pages
Within the United States of America there are known of at least “three hundred and fifty zoos” that are still active (Zoo Stats.). Zoos contain animals such as elephants, lions, tigers, giraffes, penguins, and gorillas which are placed in cages for human observation and studies. This type of close up observation and interactions can help benefit humans however, can cause harm to the animals mentally and physically due to human input in changing animal routines (PETA). For example, animals living in zoos do not have to compete for food, territory, mates, or dominance which basically constructs them to lose their wildlife survival instincts and abilities. We should consider having more national parks than zoos because this action of taking wild animals from their wild habitats and placing them behind in cages is cruel. The loss of survival instincts and abilities in wild animals are sometimes cause by human interactions such as placing them in zoos. When animals are in zoos they are fed daily without any struggle or awareness like animals in the wild. For example, lions in captivity do not have to compete as aggressively as they would in the wild because, humans are providing such significant participation when giving out food and water out effortlessly. This takes away the survival skills such as “effectively hunting and dominance” in the wild because whether big or small the lion will get something to eat (PETA). Due to…