Animals In Captivity: Pros and Cons

Alexandra Wienkes and Ava Martinez, Staff Writers

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Have you ever thought about animals being in captivity? There are very good reasons why you would think strongly one way or the other. Some people think they should be in captivity and some think they should be released into the wild. What do you think? Maybe this debate by Alexandra Wienkes and Ava Martinez will change your view on animals in captivity forever.

Alexandra’s Point of View: Keep them in captivity
If animals are released they will not know how to fend for themselves. When they are taken into captivity then they are fed and taken care of. They won’t be able to cope with their new surroundings. If the animals are released, then 450,000 animals will be helpless. Most of them will probably die. If animals are released, then all the jobs that zoos and aquariums provide will be lost. A very large amount of jobs, 142,000 to be a bit more accurate will be lost. What will all of these people do? Many of the animals in zoos are endangered. If they are left to be in the wild many of them will go extinct. 60% of wolf pups die in the wild, but in captivity they live much longer. Red and Grey wolves are critically endangered and we need to protect them.

Also, the AZA requires that all zoos have an enrichment program. If certain zoos have forgotten to follow this rule, then it is that particular zoo’s fault, not all zoos in general. The animals should be transferred to a different, better zoo.

Finally, a lot of people support animals in captivity. You probably have too. If people thought they were bad, then nobody would show up.

Ava’s Point of View: Set them free
A lot of people support animals in captivity. You probably have too. But have you ever looked at their sad, stressed faces? Does that make you happy to see the these poor locked up animals? Why support the cause?

Zoos don’t have enough money to make the animals happy and give them a good life. Penguins are on antidepressants at the Scarborough Sea Life Centre. The animals’ habitats are much bigger in the wild, while in the zoos, the habitats are extremely small.  Animals in captivity can get zoochosis, a disease that animals get from being contained and not being treated like they should be.

Some animals are captured unfairly and at such a young age so that they don’t then get to even meet their parents. Animals live longer in the wild, For example, in the wild, dolphins live to at least 30 or 40 years and in captivity they only live to about the age of 20.

So, what is the solution? Leave comment and let us know how you feel?dolphin

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7 Responses to “Animals In Captivity: Pros and Cons”

  1. Kate Sturgeon on November 1st, 2016 12:08 pm

    I think that we should stop taking animals out of the wild, but keep the ones that we already have in the zoo, in the zoo.

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    We should definitely keep the endangered species in the wild. We should also try to release them back into the wild after the species population has raised.

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  2. Isabella Lema on November 5th, 2016 9:20 am

    I mean, if they are endangered, then we should totally keep them in captivity until we raise enough animals of the endangered species to let them go to the wild again.

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  3. Margot Edwards on December 1st, 2016 9:39 pm

    Personally, I do not agree with keeping animals in captivity, though I do have exceptions. Rehab centers, for example, I am fine with. Coaching animals out of near extinction is also fine with me, but they must let the animals go when they are re ready. I do not approve of keeping animals in captivity if they are able to go into the wild again. Of course, these rehab centers would also have to have money to support the animals, so either donations or showing animals to the public would have to be done. Like Winter the Dolphin; since she doesn’t have a tail, she can not go back into the wild, but, this Summer, I saw a turtle, Mavis, released into the wild again. This I approve of, zoos, not so much. Also, with less zoos, that means more land for other companies and such, so more jobs. Of course this could lead to global warming, and etc., but if I keep on going on, this comment will become an essay!

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    Isabella Lema Reply:

    Hi, Margo. Personally, I think that if the animal is in critical condition, then it should be kept safe until it gets better. But if people are taking animals out of their daily lives for no good reason and for their own gain, then I think that kind of captivity is terrible.

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  4. Beau Spillane on October 12th, 2017 9:42 am

    Don’t trap them they should be in the wild not in captivity. They are wild animals. Humans are destroying this world!!!

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  5. Anna Doherty on October 26th, 2017 12:10 pm

    I think that animals should be left in the wild but in a big preserved land. That way animals will be able to live there lives without hunters killing them.

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