Poll: is keeping animals in a zoo ok?
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View poll results: is keeping animals in a zoo ok?
yes
18 41%
no
10 23%
yes if they are born in captivity but not if they are taken from the wild
16 36%
Voters: 44.
#1
the subject came up in school today about whether people thought keeping animals in zoo's is wrong or ok.

what do you think?

i believe its ok. because if you think about it they are alot safer in a zoo. people think that animals run around free through the jungles all over the place and that they are free when really they are just confined to an area that is their territory. the only reason that area is big is because their neccesaties are spread out, like their water hole is one place, den is another etc etc.
all zoo's do is bring that area into a smaller zone and away from predators, and the only thing the animal has to worry about is people being cruel to them which sadly happens too much
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#2
Sure, they get cared for and bred to ensure there are future generations of said animal, and we gain valuable scientific information about em.

Sounds win win to me.
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#3
I'm not sure about this subject.

We do gain a lot of scientific information from it, but at the same time we've plucked these animals from their natural habitat and are now keeping them in a cage.
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#4
Think about how many people come in to zoos and see animals that they never would of known about. Because they are touched by them and educated about them, they want to help them if they are endangered or threatened. Although it isn't fair to the animals, the conservation that it starts makes it all worth it.
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Think about how many people come in to zoos and see animals that they never would of known about. Because they are touched by them and educated about them, they want to help them if they are endangered or threatened. Although it isn't fair to the animals, the conservation that it starts makes it all worth it.


kinda like a sacrifice for the greater good.
plus the sacrifice is easy living....just a lot of boredom.
but no fear
no hunger
no disease.
thats a pretty good trade off
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#6
I feel like PETA is raping our board atm.

I think its good, helps us care for the animals and even reproduce struggling species. "Taken from the wild" will probably be interpreted negatively. There are animals that are sick or trapped or even going rampant on towns/cities. Zoos don't go out in and tranq animals that would look cute in their zoo.
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#7
i think if theyre born in captivity its ok
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#8
yes:
-the zoo must be suitable
-participates in breeding/convervation programs and scientific research (i think this should be the main priority of zoos, not entertainment)
-you can learn alot about wildlife from zoos
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#9
the zoo i went to had 5 giraffes in a fenced area that was about 30 yards long and 40 yards wide, it was pathetic.

i think its ok to keep animals in a zoo, but give them some room at least..
#10
If it's in one of those enclosures that's meant to recreate their natural habitat, I can live with it.

If it's the tiny space with the bare concrete floor, it's not right.
#11
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Think about how many people come in to zoos and see animals that they never would of known about. Because they are touched by them and educated about them, they want to help them if they are endangered or threatened. Although it isn't fair to the animals, the conservation that it starts makes it all worth it.


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Why? Because you summed up everything I was about to say. Good on you! If people can learn about animals and learn to love them, then maybe steps will be taken towards saving that species.
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#12
There's nothing wrong with it, they just get a shitty amount of space.
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If it's in one of those enclosures that's meant to recreate their natural habitat, I can live with it.

If it's the tiny space with the bare concrete floor, it's not right.


There's a fantastic zoo near Arnhem, NL called Burgers Zoo, and I have to say it's the best example of natural habitat recreation I've seen. A lot of the animals live together (with obvious exceptions), and they even have roadrunners running around the desert section of the park.
#14
I think zoos are an amazing idea. Next time the world floods, it's going to be so much easier to find two of each species.