I was wondering if I shouldn’t go to any aquariums or zoos because they are cruel, or is it ok? I use to enjoy them, but now they seem wrong, animals belong in their natural habitats not in tanks or cages.
talk to zookeepers that work at the zoo you would like to visit and ask about their treatment. Were they taken straight from their homes? Are they in good habitats? Are they fed the right food? Play it safe!
I worked at a zoo for a few months while in college to become a zoo keeper.
That’s the reason i dropped out of the program and stopped going to zoos.
Learning about how large their natural environment is suppose to be, the natural enrichment they should be getting, interaction with other species they should be having.. it makes you realize how terrible zoos and aquariums are.
Rescues and reserves however are different. Trying to preserve a species or saving an animal’s life are respectable.
I won’t go to the big zoos or aquariums. A lot of them buy their animals just to exploit them for more money. The aquarium near me caught a great white shark last year (I think) and kept it until it was almost dead.
The Living Museum in my hometown only has animals that are native to the area and have been hurt too badly to be returned to the wild. It also has a separate rehabilitation center where they keep injured/abandoned animals until they are able to be released back to where they were found.
But I agree with @hakred , if you have to ask, it probably isn’t right.
A lot of the animals at Zoos were injured in the wild and left with no chance of survival. The zoo was a place for them to heal. A lot of the animals grew up in the zoo and couldn’t survive alone in the wild. By visiting the zoo you pay money that contributes to the food and shelter for these animals. In many ways it is cruel to be on stage all the time. Imagine people coming to gawk at you in your own house. Watching you sleep or use the bathroom. It wouldn’t be fun! It has good and bad sides. I think it all depends on the zoo. It is also a great opportunity to hang up flyers and stickers to raise awareness of animal cruelty.
I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, zoos and aquariums take animals from their natural habitats to use for human enjoyment. I think this is wrong.
On the other hand, zoos and aquariums educate. They open human eyes to the animal world and raise awareness and support for the conservation and protection of the creatures of the Earth. Its a toughie.
Depends. If it’s a poorly run place that gives the animals low priority, then most certainly not. But if it’s a proper zoo, not a problem. We have a zoo in my city, very proper place. Animals are out in the open air, they have plenty of space, are fed and watered well, etc. Great place to check out.
Okay, I’m not nice like the other people that commented on here, so be prepared. lol
Don’t go because by you going there and paying them, it’s saying that it’s okay to be cruel to the animals there. If you see them wrong now, don’t go! Easy as that!
I went to one a few years ago, I cried because I was so sad for the fish (I went to an aquarium), and I could never EVER go to a zoo/aquarium ever again.
It is up to you. Even if zoos and aquariums are well run and “treat their animals right” they are still just exploiting the animals for money. I know it may seem hard because who doesn’t like being able to see the animals up close and personal but it still isn’t fair to the animals. If anything try and find sanctuaries to visit.
I think it all depends on your opinion and the zoo/aquarium you are visiting. I would do a history search on the particular zoo/aquarium that you are visiting. Some of these places are very responsible and make sure that all their animals are safe, clean, and treat them with respect. These kinds of places can most definitely be educational, entertaining, and cruelty free. Some of these places are trying to protect endangered animals or are providing a safe environment for animals that can’t be released back into the wild. However, there are also many zoos/aquariums that use these animals as sheer entertainment and business. These places only care about your money and the welfare of these animals is completely abolished. Workers might not clean, feed, and even abuse these innocent creatures. Also, these places capture these beautiful animals from the wild and put them into a cage or tank, denying them from all their natural behaviors. Personally, I don’t go to the zoo or the aquarium, I prefer sanctuaries or something of the sort.