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Zoos - Should we abolish them?
Posted 4/2/07
Having just had a debate over this issue I'm intrigued as to what everyone thinks about zoos.
Do you believe that animals should be kept in zoos?
Do you agree with some zoos and not with others?
Would you condone zoos in general?
Most importantly - why do you hold this view?

Personally I believe that there is a place for zoos in society;
=> as educational centres
=> for the premotion of science
=> for the premotion of environmental conservation
=> as scientific centres
=> as places of cultural enrichment

I would not condone zoos which;
=> Mistreat animals
=> Have inadequately sized cages
=> Do not provide animals with suitable environments
=> Do not respect the animals' rights
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Posted 4/2/07
Sounds good to me,

Plus, this monkey agrees.





Posted 4/2/07
That is just wrong... (ie. the monkey)
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Posted 4/2/07
This topic suddenly became full of win...

I love the Bronx Zoo. As long as the animals aren't like starving to death or living in their own filth I see nothing wrong with it.

As for the monkey in the tube...well hope he's at least helping to cure AIDS or something...
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Posted 4/2/07
Personally, I'm not very fond of zoos even if they treat animals with care.
Not allowing animals to hunt for food may soon make them reliant on humans and make them domesticated. Though you may be saving their species (if they are there for that reason) humans will soon have to take care of all these animals themselves. Feed them, wash them, provide them shelter, etc. It's not as if we can let them off into the wild once they are already domesticated, right? They would keep coming back and multiplying. Eventually, there would not be enough humans to take care of them and they would start dying out again anyway.
Saving a species is fine. But I'm against how some zoos keep certain animals of those species locked up for generations. Even worse for animals that are only on display for letting others pay the zoo so they can gawk at them-- there's even less reason to keep them.
However, I'm not against animal testing on things that can potentially help humans. We have to test them out somehow otherwise we risk many major side-effects. Think, would you rather they do the primary testing on humans?
Posted 4/2/07
^ there are some animals which have been very successfully re-released into the wild, for example the grey wolf in Europe, which is now so successful that farmers are complaining of wolves carrying away thier stock animals. The same has happened with certain species of predatory bird which were extinct or nearing extinction.
There is a difference between keeping an animal in an enclosure and domesticating that animal.
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Posted 4/2/07
hmmm hard to say, you've already mentioned most of the points,
but today i heard on the radio that this year in nortehrn Canada a lot of puppy-seals have died because of the poor ice condition there. so it seems to that the future zoos might be the only place where some spiecies could survive,.... kinda dillema
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Posted 4/2/07
well yes and no
its not fair to the animals but cuz of global warming it damages the animals habitat and the zoos create a replica of their habitats.
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Posted 4/2/07
i think zoos are a good thing xD
gets us educated and aware about umm.. animals.
they dont mistreat animals do they? i dont think so =S lol.
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Posted 4/2/07
y abolish zoos? it's amusing for children and its a good way to get up close to animals
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Posted 4/2/07
I love zoos and aquariums. And life seems to be pretty good for those animals. no natural predators, stable environments, constant supply of food, etc. Yeah I'm sure all those little merekats at the zoo are anxious to go back to the wild where they have to avoid being eaten on a daily basis. It's not the same or as exhilierating as seeing the animal in the wild, but it's far more realistic option for most people. It's basically a win-win situation for people and animals.

hell, you can turn my apartment into a zoo display and as long as you left me an internet connection and a steady supply of food n' booze, i'd be good to go.

Basically, I agree spot on with the OP so I won't repeat what he just said.
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Posted 4/2/07
Hate zoos. Hate hate hate. They're nasty depressing places. Even the big ones like London Zoo are filled with horrible cramped cages and barren environments. I guess i'm lucky to have been to South Africa and see a lot of animals in their natural habitat and so when I see poor giraffes and elephants in a zoo it makes me feel sick to the core.
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Posted 4/2/07
I love zoos, and aquariums, with big cages and stuff, yeah it's a great things, it's a great things cause I can sorta see some animals like playing with the kids and the caretakers, plus they put on shows which are pretty amazing. It's also a nice way to see and touch animals, cause they are used to seeing humans, therefore not being hostile to us and thus, we learn stuff I still love zoos...gotta love em.
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Posted 4/2/07
However you look at it, it's just wrong for most animals to be put into a zoo, especially predators are supposed to move around a lot and it's natural for them to kill for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Last time I've been to a zoo, my enthusiasm vanished pretty fast after seeing all those apathetic panthers and tigers in their ridiculously tiny cages.
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Posted 4/2/07
I like zoos, and I think that they are important educational and enjoyment outlets,
But I do remember going to the Dallas zoo and seeing a Snow Leopard in an open cage with no air conditioning in the middle of the summer.
I don't think that kind of stuff is appropriate.
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