Should Zoos Keep Endangered Species? By Doris Lin Updated February 02, 2016.
According to the Endangered Species Act, the definition of an endangered species is “any species which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.” Zoos are widely regarded as guardians of endangered species, so why do animal rights activists claim the zoos are abusive and cruel? Shouldn’t We Protect Endangered Species? Endangered species are an environmental issue, but not necessarily an animal rights issue. From an environmental perspective, a blue whale is more deserving of protection than a cow because blue whales are endangered and the loss of a single blue whale may impact the survivability of the species. Blue whales should be protected because they are sentient beings, and not solely because the species is endangered. Why Do Some Animal Activists Oppose Keeping Endangered Species in Zoos? Individual animals have sentience and therefore have rights. What About Zoo Breeding Programs? Extinction is a tragedy. Speaking For Those Who Can't: Animal Laws Around the World.
Animal Laws help to protect animals from animal cruelty.
Currently, several countries have laws against animal cruelty. These countries include Australia, Canada, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In these countries, imprisonment and fines can be issued if acts of animal cruelty are brought to the attention of animal law enforcers (either police or animal welfare organizations) Some countries, such as Egypt, have laws against animal cruelty that were set up by other governments during imperialism and colonialism in that country. A List of Arguments for and Against Zoos. By Doris Lin Updated February 09, 2017.
Not all animal rights activists love animals. Some respect them because they understand animals have a place in the world. Zoos, especially the ones that are doing everything right, present a special challenge to the animal-loving advocates because they would like to see and interact with the animals. Zoo advocates argue that they save endangered species and educate the public, but many animal rights activists believe the costs outweigh the benefits, and the violation of the rights of the individual animals is unjustifiable. Roadside zoos, petting zoos, and smaller animal exhibitors tend to offer inadequate space for the animals, keeping them in pens or cages. Animal-rights group complains about Pittsburgh Zoo elephants. PITTSBURGH — The U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking into the Pittsburgh Zoo's use of dogs to herd its African elephants after receiving a complaint from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA has video that was taken at the Pittsburgh Zoo that very clearly has the elephants showing "threat displays, in which their ears go out and they trumpet as the dogs go out, chase them and apparently nip at their feet,” said Brittany Peet, who works for the animal-rights group in Washington, D.C. Zoo employees are training dogs to bite, chase and otherwise annoy 15,000-pound elephants, Peet said. Pittsburgh Zoo knows all too well that these animals are dangerous and moody, she said. It is not just cruel to both the dogs and the elephants, it’s dangerous, she said. Introducing Australian Cattle Dogs Tanya Espinosa, a spokeswoman for the USDA’s animal plant health inspection service, said a review is underway. Peet said the use of dogs is anything but safe.
CAPS - 10 facts about zoos. 1.
Zoos are miserable places for animals A CAPS film, No Place Like Home, highlights the plight of animals held captive in zoos. This dead wallaby was left to rot by staff at Tweddle Farm Zoo for two weeks and the zoo refused to carry out a post mortem to establish why the animal died In 2010, a CAPS undercover investigator filmed sick animals left untreated and dead animals to rot on floors at Tweddle Farm Zoo. CAPS had to take rabbits to a vet to have infections treated and after our expose local police confiscated a monkey who had been kept alone and given cake and other junk food to eat.
Think safari parks are better than ‘traditional’ zoos? In late 2012, another safari park was shamed as West Midland Safari Park was exposed for providing white lion cubs to a notorious circus animal trainer, who sent them to a travelling circus in Japan. 2. Zoos cannot provide the amount of space animals have in the wild. 3. 4. 40% of lion cubs die before one month of age. 5.