Zoos Are Not For You!
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!