posted on Jul, 15 2008 @ 11:31 PM
It is my great honor to be the first to debate laughable3, and many thanks to both my opponent and for Memoryshock for this opportunity to participate
in another debate here on ATS. I look forward to a challenging and hopefully educational experience.
"Public zoos should be banned and all animals released back to their natural habitat."
Zoos are an idea that looks very good on paper. We humans capture animals from the wild or animals are purchased from private sources, we then lock
them in cages and often times these cages are simple concrete boxes with steel bars, and then a endless parade of gawking human visitors begins to
flow by, causing great stress and anxiety to the individual animal.
The basic problem with zoos is that they are completely unnatural. Animals are often kept in small cramped cages, the boredom alone can be maddening,
seeing the same scenery and the endless flow of humans with there cameras pointing and staring at these creatures misery day after day.
Zoos around the world need money to operate, and because of this reason the care, comfort, and general well being of each animal is not the main
factor, but the bottom line is. Boredom, isolation, often living in unsanitary conditions, we humans have accepted the fact that it is ok to keep
animals locked in cages for our enjoyment, we will claim it’s for educational reasons or we are helping their species propagate, but in the end we
are doing nothing but turning living breathing, beautiful creatures into objects or items for our own entertainment.
One of the ugly truths about humans keeping animals in zoos are the physical abuse these animals sometime suffer. Trainers have a history of beating
these animals into submission, so it isn’t surprising when one of these animals’ reaches a breaking point and turns on there trainers, then after
the fact the animal are destroyed. For some reason humans are shocked or surprised when these types of events take place, but it is only natural that
they do, we take a animal away from there natural setting and force them to conform to what we want, this in itself is a crime against nature.
Think about when you visit your local zoo with your family, you spend a few hours in this zoo, but think about each animal there they are not just
there for a few hours or a few days they are there for years and if they ever do see a change in scenery it is because they have been sold to another
zoo only to spend year after year in the same surroundings.
The word zoo is just a nice word used to describe a animal prison.