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Zoos. Good or Bad?
Are zoos always the best for the animals?
     
I once read an article about an Asian elephant named Calle. She was captured only one year old and spent more than three decades being traded between circuses, carnivals and zoos. She had a foot problems and degenerative joint disease that the zoo blamed on her time spent in the many circuses and carnivals. The true reason for the problem was that the zoo did not have enough space in the elephants' exhibit for the elephants to have full movement in their daily activities. The other surviving Asian elephant now has a similar condition. The other elephants in the zoo, African elephants, are also suffering from problems similar to Calle's. The zoo gave her painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs for years. Calle was dosed with unnecessary drugs and given unnecessary treatments. If the zoo had put the elephant in a safe sanctuary she might still be living. The drugs used covered the illnesses so the public wouldn't notice. "Immediately send them to sanctuaries before it's too late." the Commission of Animals Control and Welfare warned after the elephant's death, but the zoo refused. My answer to whether or not zoos are always best for the animals is no.
My Opinion
In my opinion I think that zoos are doing the right thing in conserving the animals and even though the two sides of the argument are strong, I believe that the zoo is doing the right thing in keeping the animals in a safe, but slightly smaller environment.
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Sometimes zoos are very good for the animals and give the whole species a last chance. Conservation is one of the things that zoos do to help the animal species survive. This brings me to the five main reasons why we have zoos. They are conservation, reproduction, education, research and recreation. Conservation is breeding, rescuing, finding homes for, and preserving threatened or endangered species. A zoo that does this hard task extremely well is the Buffalo Zoo.
Elephants and other animals meant to be in the wild should be out there roaming freely, but we greedy humans polluted the earth and destroyed or stole most of their habitat. I feel that elephants and animals like cheetahs, leopards and lions shouldn't be stuck all crammed up in zoos, I think they should be in a protected park such as a national park or a wild animal park. The image of a herd of elephants roaming freely has been set in our minds from watching nature documentaries. What visitors see in a zoo is a lot different compared to the free, flexible and strong creatures of the wild.

 

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