Animal Captivity

By Griffin Corry

Cons of Zoos and Aquariums

  • Many animals show signs of zoochosis after being in captivity.
  • Scientific testing can be unreliable.
  • Confining animals can be dangerous to the health of the animals as well as that of the humans.
  • Although some zoos are starting to make better conservation efforts, the collective effort is still sub-par.
  • Places like SeaWorld put the stress of performing on the animal.
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Pros of Zoos and Aquariums

  • Allows great scientific contributions
  • Great family experience, allows people to learn more about animals
  • Can provide a quality of life as high or higher than in the wild
  • Animals do not have to worry about predators or getting food
  • Make sure the animals are healthy
  • Advancements in recent years have made many zoos cleaner, safer, and better overall for animals.
  • Many zoos have made animal conservation much more effective. Ex. Saint Louis Zoo --> WildCare Institute (See below)

Social Ethics of Animal Captivity

  • Act Utilitarianism
  • Captivity vs. No captivity = Humans vs. Animals