Are Zoos & Animal Captivity Outdated Paradigms?

There’s been a lot written about zoos and other captivity-oriented facilities in the U.S. over recent years. This past June, shockwaves were heard far and wide when Harambe, the Cincinnati Zoo’s 450-pound gorilla was shot and killed after a 3-year old boy fell into his habitat enclosure. Elsewhere, Sea World will no longer breed orca whales due to human deaths resulting at their water parks, while the National Aquarium decided to retire its dolphins to a seaside sanctuary.

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published 11 months ago
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ajvlundsten

ajvlundsten

posted 11 months ago

Zoos should be a million times bigger than mostt places today. We had a lot of media coverage on a set of dolphins beeing transferred from Särkänniemi, Finland to Greece.

elsikoho

elsikoho

posted 11 months ago

This is the difficult subject.. On the other hand they do help preserving nearly extinct species but there are so many kinds of zoos.. I'm not sure lift is worth living for animals in some old zoos out there..

hostessgerry

hostessgerry

posted 11 months ago

Zoos exist to educate the public; children can see these critters in person. However, with the internet making everything so "reachable" in a virtual sense with kids glued to their devices, they can easily have any experience they want ...are parents taking their kids to zoos as much as say 40 years ago? Do we need as many zoos? The safety is a whole other issue; sadly there are always going to be parents who aren't paying close attention to their kids (and they can wander into danger). Definitely a subject matter that needs a deep dive analysis ...