Zoos Are the Problem

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Zoos Are the Problem People often find themselves looking at and talking to their pets, but all too often their little friend doesn’t talk back, or at least not in a comprehendible manner. They could be full of joy or in deep depression caused by their captivity. In all reality, one can never truly understand these animals and what they feel and think; one can only guess. In the poem “Panther,” Rainer Rilke makes her guess pertaining to what an animal feels in captivity in his piece about a panther that is going through tough times in his cage. She begins the poem with, His vision, from the constantly passing bars, has grown so weary that it cannot hold anything else. It seems to him there are a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world. (1-4)
Even though Rilke’s introductory thought may only be a guess, her idea that such an amazing animal can be, for all intensive purposes, in clinical depression is worth taking another look at. What if he is right, and all the zoos and parks in the world are just prison cells for these innocent creatures to just sit and rot? To even come close to a solution, one must go to the very basics of the issue. What gives humans the right to imprison these animals; animals who deserve better than to sit in a small enclosure with thousands of eyes staring at them on a daily basis? It is said that these so called wildlife parks or zoos and aquariums serve multiple purpose; that they are helping making groundbreaking discoveries on the understanding of the animals, educating those who come to visit, and the supposed conservation of animals. But for some reason, those objectives and the manner of achieving them are not up to par. How long one animal last with constant experimentation before the next of kin can is selected? Why are there zoos providing incorrect information and 41% of the individual animals on display had no…...

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