Wednesday, 14 September 2016

If humans  can have a voice why can't animals?

Although not everyone will agree, I want to present the idea that animals should not be kept in zoos and cages because zoos can’t provide sufficient space. Also, animals die prematurely in zoos and additionally zoos don’t serve conservations.

I have several reasons for thinking this, my first being is zoos do not provide sufficient space. Zoos cannot provide a number of space animals have in the wild. This is particularly the case for those species who roam larger distances in their natural habitat. Tigers and lions have around 18,000 times less space in zoos than they would in the wild, for example, the polar bears that are kept in the zoo have one million times less space.

Another reason is that animals die prematurely in zoos. African elephants in the wild live more than three times as long as those kept in zoos. Even Asian elephants working in timber camps live longer than those born in the zoo. 40% of lion cubs that are born at the zoo  die before one month of age. In the wild, only 30% of cubs are thought to die before they are six month old and at least a third of those are due to factors which are absent in zoos, like predation.

To further support my point, zoos don't serve conservations. Zoos claim to breed animals for eventual release to the wild but breeding programmes are primary 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.

As I stated in my introduction, I believe zoo animals should not be kept in zoos and cages because zoos can’t provide sufficient space. Also, animals die prematurely and zoos don’t serve conservation.

By Paea Pomana

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