Zoos, Circuses, and Aquariums: Cruel and Unjust Essay

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Zoos, Circuses, and Aquariums:
Cruel and Unjust
Zoos, circuses, and aquariums have been around for many years. Families across the planet flock to these facilities to have an entertaining day in the great outdoors. Mothers and father show their children the beautiful, exotic animals at these places in a hope to educate them on the wonders of the world. The general public holds places like the San Diego Zoo, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and SeaWorld in high esteem. Sadly, most are unaware of the injustices against wild animals in these facilities. Animal rights activists fight for the rights of exotic animals in an attempt to free them from zoos, circuses and aquariums. Organizations like People for the Ethical Treatment of
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The fact that these elephants died because of improper care from a facility that is supposed to be the best place for them is heartbreaking. Since zoos are unable to provide the habitat the wild animals need they should be disbanded. It is not just zoos who are so unfair, circuses also do not have suitable homes for the animals they train and parade around. In most cases, circuses constantly travel, which means that animals are confined to boxcars, trailers, or trucks for hours to days at a time. Often times the weather is either extremely hot or bitterly cold. Elephants, big cats, bears, and primates are trapped in tiny, filthy cages where they eat, drink, sleep, defecate, and urinate all in the same place (PETA). This situation is terrible for any wild animal to be forced into. It is inexcusable for circuses to be so inconsiderate of their wild animals. In 2007, The Ringling Brothers circus was accused of chaining the elephants for more than twenty hours at a time (Evans). It is clear that encaging any animal for long amounts of time is cruel. Like zoos, circuses are incapable of supplying the proper habitat for the animals they own. Circuses may even be considered worse than zoos because they fail to give the animals any habitat at all. For this reason, circuses should be closed and all wild animals should be returned to their natural habitats.There are also many marine animals taken from the wide, endless ocean and

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