Why You Should Not Feed Wild Animals Essay

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I remember being a little boy crying as I watched a zoo monkey eat my chocolate ice cream bar. Animal natural instincts are designed for their own survival, which means fulfilling their basic needs, including food and water. They will do anything it takes to get food, learning and adapting from each new experience. US Geological Survey wants to make it very clear to prohibit any feeding of wildlife. I wish to quickly cover three points why you should not feed wild animals. One, feeding wildlife disrupts natural cycles, creating dependencies. Two, it is unsafe for both you and the animal. Three, processed human food is unhealthy for wild animals. If you do your part by not feeding wild animals and letting your friends and family know how…show more content…
These spoiled animals will learn to trust humans, and become dependent on them. They may lose their natural defenses when they become trusting of humans. If the humans leave the area, their food source will be cut off, and they may not be able to return to the natural way of finding food, killing off the animals. The tools of daily humans living are dangerous to wildlife, such as cars, pets, or pollution. This leads me to my second point, feeding wildlife is unsafe for you and the animals. Much of wildlife survives in the wilderness because of their tuned senses and strong defense mechanisms. Many animals have senses far more sensitive than humans and can react far faster than any human or household pet. The natural food chain requires that predators kill and eat their prey and defend themselves against attackers. Wild animals initiate defense mechanisms when they encounter new things. For example, animals will freeze when light is shined at them, resulting in road kill. A porcupine will raise his spines when offended, hurting unknowing pets or children. Sometimes animals learn to forcefully get their food by attacking humans or pets. In the case of a bear, an animal weighing over a ton with claws stronger than a tractor, humans don't stand a chance. Wild animals are commonly carriers of diseases such as rabies or viruses, which

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