I need to do volunteer work for school (plus I’ve been wanting to for a while!) and I want to help with animals. I would love to work with PETA, but for now, I can’t because I live in a more rural area. I wanted to know if animal sanctuaries are ethical? On one hand, they are for specifically rescued animals that were not being treated right, but on the other hand, they are kept in cages. I believe that this is because they are unable to return to the wild because they don’t know how to hunt, don’t know how the wild “works,” etc.
I want to know if it is ethical because I don’t want to support it if not
P.S. they are non-profit if that makes a difference
Animal Sanctuaries are generally a good thing. Like @FAR said, however, there are some places/groups that call themselves sanctuaries but unfortunately have something to hide. I’d collect information and make sure it sounds like a good fit first. If something seems amiss once you’re there, though, definitely let PETA know about it.
Most of the time animal sanctuaries and animal shelters are good things. As you said the animals are rescued from crappy situations and can’t be returned to the wild or are domesticated (if talking about farm animal sanctuaries etc). There might be some places out there that aren’t great for animals but call themselves sanctuaries and definitely a number of “shelters” that get in over their head and the situation ends up being crappier for the animals that they “rescued” or they are just using the name to seem more ethical to society. Just make sure you do your research on the sanctuary you want to volunteer with.