Economic Effects Of Zoos

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The study on the Lincoln’s Children Zoo is not the only study that shows the extreme economic impact zoos and aquaria have. There are many other people that have researched, and show how zoos are economic generators for the communities. Based on the information interpreted by Thomas (2011), “Looking just at Texas, a study determines that AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums generate $884.2 million in economic activity annually for the Lone Star State. They also employ 8,998 people and provide $312.1 million in salaries and wages.” The economic benefits are out of this world. Now just imagine the impact if we take a step back and look at a national perspective. According to Thomas’s (2011) interpretation of a study, he found the following:
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When going to the zoo many people love watching the animal and believe they look happy in the habitat that is set up for them. The only thing is if someone takes a closer look at the picture, the way the animals are rewarded is with food. This indicated the animals are potentially being malnourished and their motivation to get food is to follow the commands they are given. Many of the animals that are held captive in zoos and aquaria are naturally supposed to have and infinite amount of land to roam or an infinite space in the ocean to swim. These animals are boxed off into small pins that they “roam” in, which is insufficient for their natural needs. “The restricted autonomy and poor welfare that they are forced to endure leads to occasional hostile interactions with trainers and even rare death.” There have been many reported cases of injures and deaths that take place do to captive animals that are supposed to be living freely in the wild. These animals were naturally created to live in the wild, and holding them in captivity is restricting them from what they deserve. It would be like trapping a person in a confined area for their whole life and never letting them leave. They can see out and look at all of the freedom, but the freedom is something they can never have. It would be nearly impossible for a human to not go insane and it is the same way with the animals. According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (2015) they figured out the following:
In general, zoos and wildlife parks preclude or severely restrict natural behavior, such as flying, swimming, running, hunting, climbing, scavenging, foraging, digging, exploring, and selecting a partner. The physical and mental frustrations of captivity often lead to abnormal, neurotic, and even self-destructive behavior, such as

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