I personally believe that keeping animals in zoos is definitely extremely fierce and cruel. This is an action that we, humans do to harm those lovely animals. Zoos don’t keep animals and care for them well enough. Below are some reasons of why I think that keeping animals at zoos is cruel.
First, animals are also living things, they have feelings and emotions just like us humans do. When we visit zoos, most visitors would throw food to the animals and make them jump around to get the treats and some people might even trick them just to make themselves happy, but not the animal. Throwing food to the animal(s) might fulfill what us humans want and cheers us up, but the animals also have feelings too, you are tiring the animals and they may feel sad once they know that you’re tricking them. Sometimes, when certain types of animals aren’t behaving well, zookeepers lock them into cages. Captivity isn’t the way to solve problems! Furthermore, the animals could develop depression, frustration and/or emotional problem. Once in a while, animals wouldn’t behave that well and that’s natural. You can’t just lock them into cages and think that the problem is solved, but no! Animals are just like humans, they may also have moody days, bad days and happy days, if we need to give vent to something, then they should also have the right to just release their anger from time to time to balance their emotions. Some zoos even inject stimulants to the animals! There is no need for that, it is not taking good care of the animal nor is sustainably controlling their emotions.
Second of all, we shouldn’t interfere with the animal’s original lifestyle. Before they were brought to the zoos, animals used to live in a spacious, free and natural environment. However, some zoos catch them from the wild fiercely and forced them to go to the zoos! To do what? Entertain us humans! They have to leave all their friends and families in the wild just for others to be entertained. Would they feel happy? Why do they need to sacrifice? I’m sure it wouldn’t be nice! Another reason is that zoos put fake backgrounds and wallpapers to pretend that it’s the nature environment, so that animals would feel safer, but it just does the opposite. The animals not only wouldn’t feel safe, but they would feel even scared because they know that something’s wrong around in their habitat, so they would become more alert. Also, since they are forced to live in a small space (compared to the wild) where they might not be treated well enough. They are part of the nature, so we should allow them to live their lives in a natural way.
As mentioned before, animals are living things, they also have feelings and emotions, so they have their own rights. Some basic rights that all animals should deserve are being able to live their own life, be protected by the laws and be ensured to be taken care safely and carefully at all times. Some countries and cities now have laws to protect the animals, I think there should be laws everywhere around the world for these precious animals. Especially when some species of animals are now gradually becoming extinct, we need to carefully preserve our companion that lives together with us, so that your future generations could still be able to see wildlife creatures.
To sum up, I believe that it is definitely very cruel for us humans to keep animals in zoos. How would you feel if you’re forced to leave your beloved ones and go to a place that is tiny for you to live in.? How would you feel if some people tricks you around and keeps on throwing food to you? How would you feel if you get lock into spaceless cages when you’re misbehaving and frustrated from time to time? So that’s exactly how the animals feel! The easiest solution now is to set laws and fines so that zoos would stop capturing animals from the wild and then slowly, just keeping 1-3 zoos in the whole country would be much better!