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.