Persuasive Arguments Against Zoos

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Zoos are unnecessary in the US, and are an infringement of animals’ rights to a free life in the wild. Zoos do not allow newborn animals to live in their true habitat, and these animals being held captive can develop zoochosis. Some argue that zoos protect endangered species from going extinct, but in order for species to be conserved, they must be conserved in the wild as whole eco-systems, not protected as one single species as practiced by zoos. The US should abolish zoos, and use the money that keeps zoos running to protect animals within their original habitats. This way, there is no harm done to animals, and it does not infringe on their rights.

Zoos have made an appearance in almost all of our lives at some point. These wildlife parks are seen as a form of entertainment where visitors pay to see all of the beautiful animals roam around their small, individual habitats, and study their every move. We as humans are oblivious to the fact that these animals kept in small enclosures are nowhere near as happy as the people watching them from the outside. According to a survey taken by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (2011), in collaboration with national and regional zoo associations, “annually more than 700 million people visit zoos and aquariums worldwide”. Although zoos today involve a more humane treatment of animals than zoos in the past, they still deny animals their basic rights. Behind the walls of these cages are hidden acts of

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