My opinion on zoos

Being an animal rights activist means that you don’t necessarily love animals to the extent that you would like to keep the entire fauna in your house. It’s more about understanding that they need a place of their own, just like humans need a bed and roof over their head for protection.

Zoos have a hard time because they are the ones that keep the animals in a restrained area where we can interact with them whenever we desire. However, our love to see animals has a cost and we might not like its results.

Indeed, zoos are able to educate the public and boost their appreciation for animals because they bring them together on a safe ground. By allowing this type of exposure, people learn to protect the animals. Furthermore, zoos have the power to save endangered species because they have the perfect environment to do so. They can put them in a place where there are no predators, starvation, or habitat loss issues.

Some zoos even have special breeding programs for species that are in danger of becoming extinct. In the wild, these animals can have major problems finding mates.

 

Zoos with a respectable reputation have high standards when it comes to the treatment provided to the animals. An international accreditation is offered to those zoo facilitations that ensure an enriched habitat where animals are extremely well cared for, have enough space to move, play, and run. Plus, they don’t get bored easily because they have all sorts of fun activities and playground at their disposal.

Another positive note in regards to zoos is that it allows you to see the animal in person, making the experience a tad more personal and memorable compared to seeing them only in documentaries.

Also, zoos can lend a helping hand and rehabilitate the wildlife because they have the material resources to take in exotic pets that people can no longer take care of.


 

Aside from the positive aspects, humans don’t have any right to capture, breed, and hold captive any animal, no matter what risks and dangers they prevent.

It’s a known fact that animals held in captivity suffer tremendously from stress because they are taken from their natural environment. Plus, there are cases when a zoo sells one animal to another zoo, causing, even more anxiety and tension.

When there are surplus animals, they can be bought by circus owners or worse, canned hunting facilities.

Breeding programs sound great on paper but in reality, the resulted offsprings are kept in zoos for the rest of their life and never get to see how wildlife actually looks like. Worst case scenario, they are used as barter or sent to other petting zoos.

 

 

 

Different types of fish need different types of aquariums. Here’s how to choose the right one

 

The variety of fish tanks available for sale these days is truly daunting, especially if you are just starting out. The simplest advice I can give you is to get the best aquarium you can buy at this time, especially in terms of size. No fish like to live in a crowded environment, and there’s a high chance that you won’t want to keep a goldfish in a bowl and get it over with.

In fact, many owners would like to add extras like a bit of decor, some artificial or natural plants, and even breed fish. Even the least picky species are known to prefer bigger spaces. They give them the room they need, so they will feel more comfortable in the long run.

For example, if you plan to get a goldfish either for yourself or for someone, I would suggest opting for a 20-gallon tank at the minimum. It’s true that many aquariums can cost a pretty penny, especially if they come with various accessories such as filters. However, owning a pet, whether it is a fish or not, requires a bit of commitment when it comes to maintaining it healthy and happy.

 

Before buying your first tank, you need to address the issue of the type of fish you are going to own. It goes without saying that saltwater and freshwater species cannot live in the same aquarium. Many species have different needs in terms of the type of food they consume, so you will also have to do a bit of research in this sense, as well.

Starter fish can be anything from bettas to goldfish. The coolest thing about bettas is that they don’t even need a heater or a filter and they can even be kept in smaller tanks. Of course, you always have the freedom to keep them in a bowl, even though I wouldn’t recommend doing so. It is said that the vibrations caused by the movement of your pet fish hit the walls of the bowl and reverberate.

If you do decide to use the same tank for two species, I have to note that not all get along well. Overpopulation is a common issue with most aquariums that exist in homes all over the world, but this circumstance might not be the greatest problem you will have to tackle. For example, bettas are fighters, so keeping them with a small population of goldfish might be a bad idea for the latter. Tetras are more peaceful and make a great beginner fish, for example, because they won’t attack other species. However, they might become the victims of others.