Zoos Are Not For You!

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Posted August 12, 2011 by peta2 staff

The following was written by Christy Hall, a PETA intern.

Recently an incident took place at the Central Park Zoo in New York City where a peacock escaped and ended up on a fifth floor window ledge, so I figured there’s never a better time to learn how zoos harm animals and why they’re definitely not for you!

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Did ya know that…

  • Zoos often restrict natural behavior in captive animals such as: roaming, running, flying, climbing, choosing a mate/partner, having babies naturally (many are artificially inseminated), and being with others of their own kind. Pretty messed up, right?
  • Contrary to popular belief zoos aren’t protecting endangered species from extinction. Wild-animal parks and zoos are often in favor of large captivating animals as opposed to smaller less popular species that do not draw as much attention. And yeah, confining these animals may keep them alive, but does it really protect wild populations and habitats? No way!
  • Zoos are not educational! What can you learn about wild animals from viewing them in captivity? Being held captive is extremely stressful for many wild animals. Many begin to show signs of psychological dysfunction such as: head bobbing, swaying, and pacing, bar biting, neck twisting, and more. I mean really dude, the only thing you should learn from seeing an animal pacing and biting bars is that ZOOS ARE NOT FOR YOU! :)
  • You shouldn’t give them yo moneyz! If you’re as compassionate as I think you are, love animals, and respect them, then don’t go to zoos. Money used to purchase zoo tickets is being used to imprison wild animals and is preventing them from experiencing everything that is natural to them. Instead, try supporting true sanctuaries such as the Performing Animal Welfare Society and The Elephant Sanctuary. Why not watch an educational movie? How about reading books on wild animals and natural habitats? Or if you’re feeling really froggy (hehe ;)) plan a trip to witness them in their natural surroundings (just dont get too close)!

So what can you do to help animals in zoos? Don’t purchase tickets to one and share this information with your friends!

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  • 1265 days ago

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    zoos are sick and disgusting!

  • 1308 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I always live getting information on how I can help support animal rights. I shared thi on Facebook for sure!

  • 1312 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thats horrible. and when the tigers aren’t in the display area they are in small cages all seperated! horrible

  • 1359 days ago

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    i live near edmonton alberta (the zoo that holds petas famously talked about lucy) and went there for my 17th birthday last year, and vowed to never go back, in fact on my own birthday i ended up crying! dont get me wrong, the zookeepers there treat them with such love and care – but even that cant make up for their tiny homes they live in. most animals there just looked so depressed and bored and lifeless.

    ever since i have vowed never to go to that zoo again.

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Haha, very interesting read. It was very informative and humorous. Thanks for the great tips!

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Such a great article! Great read and very funny! Definitely opened my eyes, I won’t be going to a zoo! Keep it up, Christy!

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    im telling every one!!!!!!!!! wow this is horrible!

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    aww. never going to any zoo again

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    They’re awful – I wish it was easier for people to understand just how awful they are.

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Zoos are terribal!!! I have never liked zoos. ZOos are just there to get your money!

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    love this! very informative and funnyl!

  • 1360 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    awe! i’m going to tell all of my friends so they don’t go to zoos!

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