Zoos are prisons where thousands of animals are prisioners to the enjoyment of those who will visit them. In these prisons, with the illusion of being free, there are all kinds of animals exposed as works of art in a museum. A visit to any zoo is enough for realizing that freedom does not exist. The cages, cages and other spaces more or less reduced are the “houses” where prisoners are forced to live many animals away from their natural habitat and far from knowing a fulfilling life. The information is the NGO Animal Equality.
Animals such as lions, tigers, deer, elephants, etc., which usually travel long distances in a short time looking for food and they need direct contact with other animals like them, pass the bored and lonely days or no more than a companion of his kind. His actions “usual” are regulated in zoos and eliminated with feeding and mating systems. The day to day in zoos is monotonous and repetitive. In most cases there is not any privacy or stimulation, and so – as would happen with us – the animals have a great physical and emotional suffering. This suffering due to lack of freedom is something so obvious that in all zoos, if you look with a little more attention, you will see animals with psychological disorders due to stress and anxiety to live caged cause them. Many animals exhibit stereotyped behavior, ie monotonously repeat the same pattern of behavior and / or movements.
Born free or born slaves?
Many people think it is acceptable to kidnap an animal that lives in their natural habitat for caging him in a zoo cage than a lifetime an animal born in captivity, or vice versa. But the fact is that the suffering to which they are subjected by the lack of freedom can not be justified according to the place where he was born. Those who were born in freedom will have to suffer the loss of his family, the anguished transport to the zoo, the confusion of not understanding what happened, etc. Since those born in captivity, also those who were born free, will suffer all your life not being able to live it according to their nature, need and how they themselves decide.
Some say that zoos are places for educational purposes, that is, teach your visitors the different behaviors of the animals, influencing humans to respect them, but the truth is that what is learned in a zoo, is that it is acceptable to deprive an animal of their freedom for our benefit. Regardless that zoos are places where you can learn about the behavior of animals, their existence is unacceptable. Depriving someone of their liberty and cause their suffering can not be justified in any case with the excuse that we learn something from this. To many of us probably care how they live and relate to people of other cultures and societies, but never aprovaríamos that people were deprived of their liberty to facilitate our learning. Animals as beings with their own interests, deserve to be respected in the same way.
Preserving species condemning individuals
Another argument found by those who defend the existence of zoos is that they meet a conservation function, in other words, these sites are created, mated and caged animals that are endangered so that we may know them. Thus, there are those who defend zoos as conservation of certain species of local, to keep their existence because of the interest we have we, the humans, enjoy your life. But the truth is that the important thing is not the disappearance of a species, but the death and suffering of these beings that conform. A species does not suffer the disappearance, who are suffering each of which form part of it, and therefore the existence of a particular group never justify the enslavement of their people.
Animals that are exposed in zoos are not the only ones who suffer because of their existence … rabbits, rats, chicks and other animals are raised and killed for food exposed to animals. In addition, some of the animals that are exposed do not end up attracting so many visitors and so many are killed or sold. Deer, lions, tigers and other animals that are old (no longer being as attractive as when they are young), fall ill or are sold to hunters who pay for the privilege of killing them in their private game reserves. Other animals “left over” are also sold to circuses and smaller or less reputable zoos.
In addition to zoos
If you are a person interested in learning about the animals (we can not forget that humans are also animals) there are many things you can do to meet them and even to help them. First, do not go to the zoo or the places where the animals are exposed and deprived of freedom. Circuses, aquariums, golfinários, etc. are all different faces of the same coin: animal exploitation. You can learn a lot about the animals visiting Web pages with video documentaries, books and encyclopedias, etc. But perhaps the best for this is that we learn to respect them and to recognize that, even though we are very different in some things in the background (the ability to suffer and enjoy our lives) are equal. You can also help animals making other people also forget to visit these types of sites, talking to your friends and family about why should not visit zoos, distributing leaflets or other information about speciesism, helping NGOs to achieve their goals in behalf of animals, etc. There are many ways to help animals and do any of them end their lives in a zoo.
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