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Zoos - Should we abolish them?
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Posted 4/10/07
Certainly not. Zoos are no longer just collections of cages filled with exotic animals for us to gawk at. Many are serious research institutes engaged in repopulating species we have previously decimated. Those zoos whose primary goal is public exhibition rather than scientific study are carefully monitered by numerous international wildlife organizations.
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Don't forget it limits evolution. =]
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All animals are born with an equal claim on life; they are entitled to respectful treatment and have the right to live freely in their natural environments. When people hunt them for sport, use them in medical experiments, or even keep them captive in zoos, people pretty much violate the rights of animals. In this case, they should not be kept in unnatural habitats where zookeepers will misuse them, torture them, and make them suffer more than would have to if they were in the wild. Although people may think that zoo habitats have better climate control, constant sustenance, and extra care... there's much more that goes on behind the scenes.

If you want to better educate yourself on animals and observe them closely, then go on a safari!!
Posted 4/10/07
^^ Yes, in the sense that there are smaller gene pools for animals in zoos, however it also premotes evolution as it introduces a very strong environmental factor to which the animals need to adapt, and therefore evolutionary pressure for animals which are best adapted to live in zoos.
Humans are doing everything they can to stop evolution anyway. The whole of medicine is aimed at preventing a "fight for survival" and ending the "survival of the fittest" - replacing it with the survival of everyone... thus removing a major evolutionary force.

^ If everyone who visited a zoo this year went on a safari there would be no safari parks left, all the grass would have been worn away by the visitors, they would have destroyed the natural enviroment. And anyway, most people can't afford to go on a safari, it cost me ~ €500 to go last year (for one day), not including the flights! Is is right that we remove these people's right to see these animals just because they happen to be poorer than us?
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Posted 4/10/07

henz_lan wrote:

And anyway, most people can't afford to go on a safari, it cost me ~ €500 to go last year (for one day), not including the flights! Is is right that we remove these people's right to see these animals just because they happen to be poorer than us?


hahaha good one. i think i'm going to come up with a virtual zoo idea on the internet. there are some that already exist, but mine will be exceptional! haha. no one will ever want to pay to stand 300 feet away from an animal again!


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I hate PETA.


why? an organization that promotes animals rights is a good thing, no? no matter how much they try to advertise vegan diets and soy popsicles, that's just their thing. a bunch of other sites promote what they believe in too... so i don't see what's to hate about this one? also, peta2.com is a much better site for "younger activists."
Posted 4/10/07
^ You still wouldn't be able to simulate the "physical presence" of the animal, that is one of the most important things that zoos provide, if people just wanted to "see" the animals they would watch the discovery channel.
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I like the zoo because I believe to some extend it helps the animal. I dislike zoos that cram animals in cages and mistreat it , and tells the public that they're helping them. Zoos should create environments that are close the the environment that wild animals usually live in.
Posted 4/10/07
I like them but there abolishment seems to be a nice stand since it is a disrespect to their way of life and at the same time it makes the animals dependent to us resulting to the disregard of getting better and evolve...
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Posted 4/13/07

slowdanse wrote:



n0odle wrote:

I hate PETA.


why? an organization that promotes animals rights is a good thing, no? no matter how much they try to advertise vegan diets and soy popsicles, that's just their thing. a bunch of other sites promote what they believe in too... so i don't see what's to hate about this one? also, peta2.com is a much better site for "younger activists."



If you would refer to my previous post, don't confuse PETA with animal rights. More damage has been done by PETA to humans and animals alike. The think of human death as a lesser form of animal death. (holocaust comparissons to burgers???) If animals were totally equal to humans, there would also be crimes, prisons, and death penalties.

I don't believe in the mistreatment of animals, I'm even a vegetarian working on vegan. But if you would continue your research, you would uncover some pretty questionable methods.
Posted 4/13/07
Don't really see the reason why we should abolish zoos. I think we should keep them. There very educational and you don't really see any case of animal abuse.
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Posted 4/13/07

slowdanse wrote:

All animals are born with an equal claim on life; they are entitled to respectful treatment and have the right to live freely in their natural environments. When people hunt them for sport, use them in medical experiments, or even keep them captive in zoos, people pretty much violate the rights of animals. In this case, they should not be kept in unnatural habitats where zookeepers will misuse them, torture them, and make them suffer more than would have to if they were in the wild. Although people may think that zoo habitats have better climate control, constant sustenance, and extra care... there's much more that goes on behind the scenes.

If you want to better educate yourself on animals and observe them closely, then go on a safari!!


If we were to eliminate zoos, we would still have hunters and poachers. That would only increase the sensless slaughter of animals.
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Posted 4/13/07
I dont really see anything wrong with zoos. The animals are probably better off in a zoo then being in the wild.
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Posted 4/13/07
I like zoos... and im ok with them as long as the animals are treated right.
Besides I think they are important in the educational sence.
Posted 4/17/07
If you look at the nature of racism and intolerance in general, it usually occurs because of a lack of understanding or connection. If you live in an urban environment and have no understanding of the other creatures we share the planet with, why would you care whether they lived or died? If you have no personal connection with animals and see them only as a hindrance to human development or simply dinner, why would you protect them? Zoos may not be perfect, but they provide an important link to the world outside of your own life.
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Posted 4/17/07
Zoos have a lot of educational and entertainment values. Animals are usually treated right, are fed well, and get pretty good service too. People who really want a good opinion should really read the book "Life of Pi". The first few chapters have some prettyt good insights into zoos.
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