Many people argue that zoos should be banned because keeping animals in captivity do not benefit them in the slightest but in fact makes life harder for these animals. These people say it’s cruel and they repeat the phrase “how would you feel if you were kept in a cage with curious eyes gawking at you all day?” over and over again.
These people have a valid point, sure, but this is a very one sided approach to the situation because none of them acknowledge the good that zoos do for the animals. Are humans just so cruel that they would keep animals in captivity for nothing but their own amusement?
I myself do not think so. I think the people who are pro-zoos truly believe that they are doing something beneficial for these animals – caring for them, rescuing endangered species, etc. Zoos are here for the animals, having them open to the public for education purposes is just a bonus, a win-win situation. It’s not to purposely make the animals feel uncomfortable. In fact I think zoos try their hardest to make them feel comfortable. They give these animals a home, spending a sum of money to make the habitat look like the forests and jungles they come from, give them the food and interaction that they might not be able to attain by their own in the wild, without the harm of their predators.
So, I would say no, (most) zoos are not cruel and unnecessary. In fact they are actually beneficial and necessary for both the animals and us humans.