For the research essay I would like to discuss the how it is not ethical to keep wild animals in captivity. Many people do not realize that the animals they go and see are being harmed. Today, all around the world, thousands of animals are currently held in captivity. Although viewing wildlife seems fascinating to most people, keeping animals in unnatural habitats can have harmful effects on the animal, both mentally and physically.

Places that hold wild animals have argued that it is an educational learning experience to be close and personal to the wild animals. However most people doing research and learning about the wildlife are observing the animal outside of their comfort zone. There is a lack of laws forbidding captivity of animals, however some countries do have more than most. The animal cruelty that is exhibited when taking animals from their natural environment is wrong and needs to be stopped.

Marine Mammals in Captivity

This article strictly talks about Marine Animals in captivity. It gives detailed examples of who marine organisms are affected from the change in the environment from nature to aquarium/zoo. I plan to use this article to argue how having such animals in captivity is physically harmful.

Zoos: An Idea Whose Time Has Come and Gone

I plan to use this article to explain the laws associated with animals in captivity.  This article will also help when explaining how the animals suffer mentally from being in unnatural habitats.

Keeping Animals in Zoos is Unethical

This article will help my argument of zoos being unethical. The article has information on how animals are affected because of the unnatural environments. The article also states some alternatives to keeping animals in zoos. There is a focus on endangered species and helping them in captivity for a  certain time and then to release them back to their habitat.

Zoo Chimps’ Mental Health Affected By Captivity

I will utilize the information in this source to show that animals that are in zoos can develop mental problems. This specific article focuses on monkey’s mental health in relation to monkeys outside of the zoo in their natural habitats. This sources also acknowledges that many people view zoos as education experiences. I plan to use this article to also argue that people are viewing animals with unnatural behavior.

Overview of the Law Affecting Zoos

This article speaks about the laws that are set for wildlife in zoos. The article also explains the endangered species laws. This sources also gives a historical overview of the first public exhibits of animals. This article also explains the CITE law that is in place for trading and holding live animals. I plan to use this article to speak about anti-cruelty laws and that the zoos are cruel to the animals by denying natural environments.

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1 Response to Proposal+5—marinebio18

  1. marinebio18 says:

    Keeping Wild Animals in Captivity for the pubic is Not Ethical

    Opening #1:
    Public exhibits of wild animals have been existed through the history of the world, but have expanded throughout the years.Every day thousands of people visit wildlife in captivity such as zoo’s and aquariums. Although many people believe that zoo’s and aquariums are educational trips, people aren’t aware of the harmful affects captivity has on the animals and their behavior. It is unethical to put wild animals in captivity if the animal is not harmed.

    Opening #2:
    Today, approximately 5,000 tigers are held in captivity, compared to 3,200 that are in the wild. Many other types of animals such as elephants face captivity and are close to being extinct in the wild. Public exhibits of animals have been around throughout history. As the years pass the public exhibits have developed from personal possession into zoo’s and aquariums around the world. Many people who visit the public displays are not aware of the mental and physical affects being in captivity cause to the animals. Public exhibits of animals for enjoyment are unethical.


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