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Zoos should be banned

Artwork by Maddy Mortinson

Artwork by Maddy Mortinson

Sarah Schaefer, Guest Writer, 6th Grade

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Zoos are fun experiences for everyone. We get to learn about beautiful, exotic animals that most of us don’t get to see often. We also get to hang out with friends and family, but it is not this way for the animals that stay here. We should get rid of all zoos. When animals are taken away from their natural environmental habitat, and when they get released back in the wild, they can’t survive.

Some animals even travel hundreds of miles each year and get put into a habitat a fraction of the size, with no space to run. The animals have people staring and pointing at them through the glass. They can’t get away from it, because most zoo enclosures don’t have space for the animals to hide. Some of the animals get taken away from their natural climates. Animals like penguins and polar bears who live in the freezing cold, get put into zoo enclosures that are a lot warmer. The animals don’t have variety in what they get fed, either. They get the same meals each day at the exact same time.

The animals become dependant on humans when they’re in captivity. When animals are in captivity, they lose their natural instincts.”

The animals become dependant on humans when they’re in captivity. When animals are in captivity, they lose their natural instincts. Then, when they get released back into the wild, the animals can’t survive and a lot of them die. The animals look for humans to take care of them and fed them, but when they can’t find them, they don’t know what to do. They can’t find any food, so they starve to death.

Zoos aren’t safe for humans, either. Some of the animals are very unhappy so they lash out, hurt, or even kill people. Most of the time, the animals hurt workers or trainers. In 2016, a 3-year-old climbed over a fence and got into an endangered gorillas cage. The workers ending up having to shoot the gorilla to save the kid. This wouldn’t have happened if we didn’t have zoos.

We should get rid of the zoo because they take the animals away from their natural habitat, the animals can’t live in the wild anymore, and zoos aren’t safe for anyone. Some people say that animals in zoos live longer, but even though they could live longer, they live an unhappy and lonely life. We should not put animals in zoos.

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  1. Anonymous on June 6th, 2018 1:17 pm

    I would rather be in a cage and fed meals that are fine for animals than be iut in the wild with the potential to mauled to death by a lion or bear.

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