We believe that wild animals belong in their natural habitat and should not be caged for our entertainment. We believe that wild animals in zoos suffer physically and mentally as their complex social, behavioral and physical needs cannot be met in unnatural humanmade environments. Many animals in zoos show signs of distress, such as pacing or rocking backwards and forwards repeatedly. Experts say that this abnormal behavior is caused by the stresses of being held captive. Presenting animals to zoo visitors as living exhibits teaches children that animals can be manipulated in order to fulfill our own curiosity about them. It suggest that animals have no right to be treated as individuals who think and feel for themselves. It fails to recognize that animals have their own needs to be met for their own purposes.
What’s Wrong with the Zoo?
- Zoos are miserable places for animals
Confining animals in artificial and small enclosures inside zoos is stressful and causes them harm. Animals in zoos are bored and lonely creatures who spend their days shuffling, swaying and pacing back and forth, their eyes sad and empty. Other stereotypic behaviors displayed as a result of intense boredom and suffering include rocking, over-grooming , mutilation, neck twisting, chewing and bar biting, hyper-aggression, abnormal maternal behavior and feeding disorders.
- Zoos don’t serve conservation
Zoos claim to breed animals for eventual release to the wild but breeding programs are primarily to ensure a captive population, not for reintroduction. Lions are popular in zoos, but the vast majority are ‘generic’ animals of hybrid or unknown subspecific status, and therefore of little or no value in conservation terms.
- Not a place to learn
Zoos claim that using captive exotic animals has educational value, but what the zoo really teaches is that it is acceptable to use animals for human amusement. And since captive wild animals often exhibit abnormal behaviors due to captivity-induced stress, they fail to teach audiences about the real nature of wild animal.s
- “Surplus” Animals are Killed
Surplus animals are unwanted animals that are a result of systematic overproduction by zoos. These surplus animals are either killed (and in some cases are fed to their fellow zoo inhabitants) or are sold to other zoos or other dealers. Selling surplus animals is profitable way for zoos to dispose of them, with many ending up at hunting ranches, pet shops, taxidermists, circuses, slaughterhouses, and even research facilities.