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Should Zoos Be Banned?
Zoos facilitate animals'
exotic pet trade
, which is highly unregulated, is a multi-billion dollar industry, second only to drugs and weapons on the black market
"National scale trade bans are followed by an increase in the illegal trade of the species at hand, which suggests an inverse relationship between the legal and
are offered for sale to zoos
Orangutans and chimpanzees in particular are sold to disreputable amusement parks,
or other facilities.
In Brazil, animal traffickers have four markets, the first market being collectors and
. These private zoos hold illegally extracted animals, though having government authorization to operate.
is a reality through zoos or so-called scientific, conservationist, or commercial breeding grounds which provide false certificates claiming that animals were born in captivity.
Zoos are associated to the
blackmarket. Trophy specimens from breeding centres are marketed to hunters and zoos.
The existence of a black market implies there is an interest that needs to be countered with providing socially responsible legal alternatives. Both to satisfy people's curiosity and to provide a forum for education. Shutting down zoos will encourage more cruel underground alternatives.