Are Zoos Good or Bad for Animals?

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Starting thousands of years ago, zoos attracted large crowds around the world (Fravel). Because of that, everyone today has seen, been to, or heard of a zoo at least once in their lifetime. However, people are missing valuable information that they need to know about zoos today. Do the zoos really do what most people think? There are 2,400 animal enclosures licensed by the U. S. Department of Agriculture, however only 212 are under strict requirements from the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA); keep in mind that those numbers only involve the zoos in the United States (Fravel). Zoos should be banned around the world because they do not do what they promise when it comes to conserving the animals, they cause the animals to …show more content…
The animals kept in the programs are said to be used to recreate the population of that species. However, sometimes the program has a surplus of animals that they have to tend to. If there is a surplus, they will usually sell or trade the extra animals to others zoos, sanctuaries, circuses, and even slaughterhouses. According to a New York Times article, if the zoo is trying to prevent the animals from reproducing they will give the animals contraceptives; in other countries though, they will even euthanize the animals after they are born. The zoos cannot have a successful conservation program if they are also killing and preventing the animals from reproducing.
Many of the wild animals that are kept in zoos acquire various psychological disorders. People go to zoos and see elephants bobbing their heads, big cats compulsively grooming themselves, and bears wandering around their exhibits; but the people think nothing of the behaviors their witnessing (Horton). According to Jennifer Horton, a writer for Animal Planet, wild animals in captivity can develop obsessive, repetitious behaviors like the ones previously stated. This phenomenon is called zoochosis and is simply caused by the animals being in a different habitat other than the wild. The animals kept in zoos are exposed to the same stimuli and environment every day, and eventually they start to behave in a tense,
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