To ban zoos or not to ban zoos? This is one of the most controversial question nowadays. People like to go to a zoo and watch different kinds of animals, but after visiting a zoo some of us have the sense of guilt. We start to think about small cages in which animals have to live and the separation from their natural environment. Do we start to wonder if zoos are actually protecting endangered species from extinction, because how can something protect animals by keeping them crammed up in tight places?
I find it difficult to adjudge if zoos are entirely good or bad. Considering the medical care which they are provided 24 hours 7 days per week, not having to struggle with rough weather and being safe from poachers who still hunt even for species that may extinct, we can say that zoos are good. On the other hand in the moment we enter the zoo we see people poking and prodding the animals, throwing them sweets and other kinds of food which is a poison for animals and this is the bad aspect of keeping animals in zoos. But it’s not the fault of the institution, but of irresponsibility and careless of humans.
Zoos are made to increase awareness of endangered species and importance of conservation. Unfortunately, many people think that going to the zoo is only a nice way to spend the afternoon watching different kinds of animals. They don’t see the educational background, throwing wrong kind of food into cages and watching animal eating it makes them smile. People scream, do flash photographies, which makes animals stresses, depressed and restless. Animals can obviously hide from intrusive people but it is obviously stressing situation for them.
Zoos save animals from extinction, provides them good conditions of living and medical care. It doesn’t sound like bad kind of institution, does it? It’s the people who make it sometimes even understandable for animals living there. Throwing things into their cages, screaming, knocking and poking animals isn’t an appropriate way of conduct in the zoo. I think that zoos shouldn’t be banned, the misbehavior of humans should be banned and fined. Maybe after paying huge forfeit for throwing monkey an old banana, we will start to appreciate the educational role of zoos and stop thinking about them as a fun place for watching animals doing side-splitting things.