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Are zoos ethical in the modern age? Show more Show less
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Zoos can be a fun trip for any age, young or old. It may be the only chance most people will be able to see various exotic animals from around the world. Yet, they have also been known to be unethical or dangerous for both the animals and people. What are the sides to the zoo debate? Are zoos truly bad?

No, zoos are good Show more Show less

Zoos are simply a fun day out, and are also ways to support vulnerable animals.
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Zoos conserve endangered species

Zoos protect animals that have the threat of becoming extinct.
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The Argument

Most zoos are concerned with the conservation of endangered and at-risk animals. Some species have larger numbers in captivity than in the wild, proving zoos are essential for keeping animals alive.[1] Zoos are able to work together by breeding and increasing the population of different animal species. Some also attempt to reintroduce some animals back into the wild.[2] Captivity is crucial to the survival of endangered species. Without the efforts of zookeepers, animal populations could plummet to the point of extinction.[3]

Counter arguments

Most species are endangered due to humans. Animal populations have dropped drastically due to hunting, deforestation, and climate change. Many wild animals have survived without being captive in zoos, so human efforts to conserve species is not always needed.

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Premises

[P1] The conservation of wild animals is important to zoos. [P2] Zoos are essential for animal survival. [P3] Zoos work to help endangered species.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Not all animals are found in zoos, therefore it is not essential for species survival.

References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/science/2017/mar/08/why-the-world-needs-zoos
  2. https://www.zsl.org/education/how-breeding-programmes-work
  3. http://www.jamesborrell.com/8-reasons-that-zoos-are-critically-important-for-conservation/

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