Argumentative Essay On Wild Animals

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“The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence.”
Humans have always had an insatiable fascination with wild animals. Unfortunately, the most unique and intriguing species live all the way in foreign and far places, so how is this obsession supposed to be fulfilled without spending thousands of dollars traveling to them? Why not visit the local zoo or aquarium where all of the most exotic animals can be seen up close and personal? These places showcase “wild” animals behind thick planes of glass, fences, cramped cages and small tanks for people to gaze at. Spectators pay a tremendous
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These animals were hunted down, trapped, and taken from their families. Since younger animals are easier to transport and capture, those were usually the target. During the process of the capture, it wasn’t unlikely for the families or other animals to be harmed or even killed. Co-writer of the documentary Blackfish, Tim Zimmerman wrote in one of his articles OUTSIDEONLINE “[…]he and Griffin settled on the technique of locating orca pods from the air, driving them into coves with boats and seal bombs (underwater explosives used by fishermen to keep seals away from their catch), and throwing a wall of net across their escape path. Goldsberry and Griffin would then choose the orcas they wanted and let the remaining ones go. They preferred adolescents, particularly the smaller females, which were easier to handle and transport.” He also writes about how during the capturing of whales some were killed “Goldsberry weighted some dead orcas down with anchors and dumped them in deep water.” After being captured they are restrained and transported thousands of miles in distressing conditions. Though this still happens frequently, zoos have also started using breeding programs to acquire more animals. Breeding programs are designed to help efficiently breed and conserve a species, but it seems like those who are in breeding programs are destined for a life in captivity. Babies that are a product of breeding programs are born into trade. A chimpanzee, named Edith, was taken from her family when she was three years old and passed around between multiple facilities only to end up in a Texas zoo, hairless and being fed rotten produce and dog food (PETA). Most infants are separated from their mothers after they are weaned off of them and then they are sold or traded to the zoo with the best offer. Zoos lack the resources to properly provide natural conditions that most species need to effectively breed

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