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Zoos should be banned

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Zoos should be banned

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.

  2. Michelle on September 27th, 2018 2:32 pm

    There are very strict laws about what animals can be in US zoos. Unless they were taken from the wild many years ago, they are now only allowed from the off-spring of already captive animals. They wouldn’t have a clue how to survive elsewhere.
    As far as dangerous, yes they are wild animals with those instincts. Parents at zoos, and other places, MUST be aware of their surroundings and watch their kids appropriately. It was not the gorilla’s fault that a parent wasn’t in control of their child. The gorilla died for someone else’s poor parenting skills. Not his fault! He’s dead.
    And no, they don’t get the same food every day. Zoos are required by regulation to provide balanced, nutritious meals. They also provide enrichment with challenges like ant hills for chimps to dig food from much like they do in the wild.
    I would suggest that anyone who doesn’t understand the importance of the animal husbandry that many zoos participate in or the true treatment they receive, might benefit from a summer camp at our local zoo next summer.

  3. Jeff Krohn on October 15th, 2018 1:58 pm

    The Minnesota Zoo and the Como Zoo project the animals. Most ofthe animals in the zoos are in “protected” or “endangered” status or are injured, or are otherwise unfit to live in the wild. Or they have been brought in to procreate with existing zoo animals.
    Please visit your zoos, donate your money and/ or time. Sotarol with zoo staff …and volunteers anout their exhibits and animals.
    Np, I am not zoo staff, but have visited many times, and speak with staff every time I’m there.

  4. Your boi on November 14th, 2018 1:10 pm

    Freeeee a brother

  5. harambe is my bro on November 14th, 2018 1:10 pm

    rip harambe

  6. king harambe on November 14th, 2018 1:14 pm

    Zoos should still exist because they are a great way to see animals we normally can’t see. RIP Harambe. That is my opinion on zoos.

  7. Anonymous on November 14th, 2018 1:55 pm

    I would like to see more of this

  8. Maggie on November 15th, 2018 9:01 am

    This is a good artical. I don’t know if I agree with it but still well written.

  9. Vic on November 15th, 2018 9:58 am

    Maybe instead of closing zoos secure zoos more

  10. Gabby on November 15th, 2018 1:05 pm

    I don’t agree with this article but it is well written. Most zoos take in endangered animals so that they can be kept out of hunters way.

  11. Maidah Omar on November 15th, 2018 1:51 pm

    I think that they should be in their own habitat too, because when they are in a cage for our amusement that’s not fair to the animals.

  12. Anonymous on November 16th, 2018 10:19 am

    I agree with some things on this article, like how animals lose their wild instincts because they get used to being fed and tooken care of by other people. But a lot of zoos help amimals like if they are sick or injured. Zoos also provide research so we can learn about animals so we can help them in the future like from extinction or something.

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