Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?

Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?

With all the advancements that the today’s world brings, there are also some serious issues that affect nature. Consequently, more species of animals and plants are at a risk of extinction. Some time ago, people invented zoological gardens for scientific purposes that transformed into zoos as we know them today. The question on whether animals should be kept in captivity has been argued for a long time.

On the one hand, there are those who are sure that the only way to save the animals is to captivate them and thus provide them with the safe environment (“Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?”). This can guarantee that these animals acquire medical care and healthy reproduction. Laid up and injured animals can be nursed for their continuity. Individuals who interact with exotic animals have an experience that enhances wonder in their lives. In the absence of such discoveries, people can lose interest in protecting these animals. Moreover, exhibits and programs on the aquatic ecosystems are part of the educational programs offered to the public in the zoos (“Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?”).

On the other hand, there are those who oppose this procedure either partially or completely. There is a common belief that some species of animals should never be confined unless they are entrants for propagation. It is inhumane to keep large animals such as dolphins and elephants in zoos and game parks (“Should Animals Be Held in Captivity?”). Besides, they are highly intelligent and have complex social constructs that are yet to be comprehended entirely. In addition, incarcerating the animals may continually hurt them. These animals are placed in an unnatural environment that might be extremely dangerous for them (“Should Animals Be Held in Captivity?”). Moreover, these settings may bring a lot of stress to the animals and thus result in their inadequate behavior. Finally, the opponents believe that there is no educational value since the animals are not in the wild.

Summing both points up, it is evident that the problem is really challenging to solve and it is unsurprising that there has been a lot of debate for such a long time. As in any argument, there are those who believe that keeping animals in zoos actually protects them from the harm they are exposed to in the wild. On the other hand, the opponents believe that it is simply inhumane to incarcerate animals for the sake of their ‘safety’ since, as they believe, such measures only cause more harm to them.

In my opinion, the idea of zoos is a good one, but we also should remember that they are stressful to the animals. No matter how good our intentions to help are, we have no right to limit the freedom of the wild animals. That is why wildlife sanctuaries, for instance, might be of greater use when it comes to animals’ safety as well as scientific interest.


Works Cited

“Should Animals Be Held in Captivity?”ABC News, 28 Dec. 2007, Accessed 24 February 2017.

Should Animals Be Kept in Captivity?” The Current, 27 Sept. 2016, Accessed 24 February 2017.