Beloved animals are close to our hearts. Whether it is a pet or wild, everyone has a favorite animal. What if you were told that your favorite animal was endangered? This means that a specific species of creatures are seriously at risk for extinction. SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment has been keeping orca whales, and other sea life, captive for over fifty years. SeaWorld does more harm to the orca species than good, causing the whales to become endangered in the wild.
Many animals in the zoo are starving and dying behind their cages. But too often, the causes of suffering tend to smudge our view of what is wrong. Animals in cages might automatically lead to us responding with sadness, but captivity might not be as awful as we think. This doesn’t mean all or even most captivity is a good thing. We shouldn’t believe all captivity is bad or, the opposite, all animals free in the wild are good. We all manage our needs. Some animals that are endangered are being helped in captivity by keeping them alive, but others are slowly dying. The natural world and the wild world cannot guarantee a great life for any creature. This also goes for the orcas captured by SeaWorld. The age of the whale in captivity depends on what age they were captured at and how well its trainer takes care of him or her.
A large debate is whether or not to keep animals in zoos. 67% of people say no, and 33% said yes. A few arguments presented for no include: once an animal is taken from the wild and placed in a zoo, it will never return to the wild. Taking an animal out of the wild can cause endangerment. Animals are being taken away from their territory, natural habitat, and their families. Most people view zoos as prisons and a sick form of entertainment. A few arguments for yes are: captive animals are given a good amount of food and never have to worry about starving. They help keep the rare species alive by their breeding programs. A good zoo provides an enriched habitat in which the animals are never bored, are well cared-for, and have plenty of space. Zoos help rehabilitate wildlife and take in exotic pets that people no longer want or are no longer able to care for.
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