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Should Zoos Be Banned?
Zoos play a critical role in the conservation of endangered species.
At the very least, zoos should therefore not be forbidden for animals at risk of extinction.
Zoos are crucial for the survival of many endangered species, especially for smaller animals like
Zoos actually play a huge role in educating people to habitat preservation, teaching their public the problems that species face in their natural habitat, what are the causes, and what we can do to solve them.
Until and unless all lost natural habitat space is replenished, zoos are the best way to perpetuate species at risk.
Zoos contribute financially to conservation, both at their facilities and in wild habitats.
Zoos lower the risks of extinction, since animals left in the wild could have unknown diseases which could be lethal. Diseases that aren't treated could be transmitted to other animals, but in Zoos there are trained experts, thus animals won't get sick as frequent as they do in the wild.
Research on zoo animals
provides knowledge that can help to protect wild populations.
Zoos also make efforts to breed endangered species and
them into the wild.
A number of animals cannot survive in the wild. Zoos provide a means for their survival.
Only a small part of the animals in a zoo are there for conservation. The vast majority are not.
Humans do not have a right to breed, capture and confine other animals, even if they are endangered. Being a member of an endangered species doesn't mean the individual animals have fewer rights.
Unless zoos breed endangered animals to return them to the wild, just keeping them and not allowing them to be in their natural habitats is abusive.
usually favor exotic or popular animals
who attract crowds and publicity, rather than threatened or endangered local wildlife.
"Conservation" is not the mere existence of live creatures - but the preservation of their ecosystem. Without this system, biological life exists but it is thrust into an environment that only mimics the real world.
Conservation can be achieved by limiting human interference with the natural world.
Zoos frame conservation and animal welfare in a profitability framework, whereas conservation should be focused on eco-sustainability and biodiversity.
Zoos perpetuate the caging of wild animals regardless of their conservation status. We must accept that zoos are for our entertainment (with an element of education) and we either condone caging animals for entertainment or not.
Local populations, scientific research, politics and laws, play a more critical role in
, making the impact of zoos on conservation less impactful.
Zoos have failed to restore
panamanian golden frog
If society becomes dependent on zoos for
x situ conservation
and breeding programs for reintroduction of rare animals there may be less motivation to conserve and protect wild areas.
Zoos do not provide many of the benefits of conservation.
Conservation can be achieved without keeping animals in artificial captive environments.