Importance Of Captivity In Captivity

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Animal captivity has been an ongoing debate for over 60 years. There should be no question about whether animal captivity is wrong. “Hundreds of thousands of wild animals across the world are snatched from natural habitats, forced into captivity and subjected to abuse, both mentally and physically, in the name of entertainment and profit.” (World Animal Protection 1) Places such as the circus use abusive training methods such as, hooks, chains, whips, electric rods, and blunt instruments. (Born Free USA 1) Animals deserve to live freely in the wild. Their freedom is taken away the moment they are put in a cage. When animals are brought into captivity from the wild, they are exposed to new things that often frighten them. Being surrounded …show more content…
Zoos do not provide animals with the proper habitats they need to survive. The habitats are designed to imitate the animal’s natural habitat, but are usually not natural. There are large animals, such as, elephants, that do not have the large space they need. Animals that are in captivity and released are less likely to survive due to lack of survival skills they do not receive in captivity. Due to the habitats not being natural for these animals, it can cause stress. With enclosed space, animals become bored and aggressive and they begin to attack other animals and people. (Sencer 1) To make an exhibit an exact replica of a habitat is nearly impossible. People do not have the natural resources from the wild. Also, animals travel hundreds of miles a day in the wild. In captivity, their space is very limited and they do not get the amount of exercise they get in the wild. Animals in captivity wake up to the same thing every day, the same view, the same people, and the same exhibits. In the wild, they are exposed to so many different things, and nothing is ever the same. Life in the wild is an adventure. They can travel as far as the wish to and they get to explore the world, but in captivity they do not get to experience that. Wild dolphins swim an average of more than 40 miles a day. They mate, fight, play, etc., with their pod members. They use echolocation to swim around the vast ocean. Captive dolphins are lucky if they swim 40 miles a day. They have very little room to swim and are very uncomfortable, as they live in man-made concrete tanks that are not natural and not very big. They are forced to interact with unfamiliar dolphins, since they were taken from their pods. Captive dolphins are also exposed to bacteria, chemicals, and other things they would not be exposed to in the wild. (World Animal Protection

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