Most of us probably visited zoos as children because we loved animals and wanted to get close to them. However, keeping wild animals in captivity is unethical for many reasons. Zoo enclosures are extremely tiny and cramped compared to the massive space that animals were meant to exist in. Depriving animals of the natural environment they deserve prohibits them from fulfilling their most basic needs. On top of this, zoos often treat animals as products to be bought, sold, and borrowed with little to no regard for the families or communities they’ve created. And older and “boring” animals are sometimes even sold to seedy roadside zoos or parks!

The following images depict the deep suffering that animals in captivity endure. These pictures were taken in Australia, Canada, and the United States.

1. This eagle can see the sky but will never know how high he can fly.

Eagle In Zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

2. Ironically, this macaw sits alone while the sign outside his prison reads, “Macaws mate for life.”

Sad parrot in zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

3. Would you want to spend YOUR life being gawked at by children …

 

Hippo in Zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

4. … or listening to their high-pitched screaming?

Tiger in zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

5. You can SEE the suffering on his face …

Image-5
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

6. … and in her eyes.

Sad Belug
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

7. This tiny enclosure in Canada gives him no respite from tourists’ eyes.

Sad-Monkey-In-Zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

8. What did this elephant do to end up in a prison?

Elephant-in-Zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

9. Why does she have to live behind bars?

hippo-on-stone-steps
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

10. This roadside zoo is an exhibition of sadness.

lion-in-roadsidezoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

11. He was never meant to live like this.

Sick-stressed-eagle-in-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

12. She deserves better.

sad-fox-in-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

13. This girl shouldn’t be walking on painful wire-mesh flooring.

Animal-in-zoo
We Animals/Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

14. The zookeepers were too busy even to spread out this straw.

birds-in-straw-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

15. Imagine occupying this tiny space …

aligators-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

16. … or THIS one for your ENTIRE life.

lizard-tiny-cage-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

17. Imagine your life as a tourist attraction …

lemur-watched-by-man-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

18. … under the guise of “education” …

zoo-education-porcupine
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

19. … with no way out.

bird-in-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

20. She’s searching for freedom …

Porcupine-in-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 
 

21. … but will never find it.

Very-sad-monkey-in-zoo
We Animals | Jo-Anne McArthur 

Animals weren’t meant to live in prisons. Please stand up for animals. Make the decision today NEVER to visit another zoo.

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