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.