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Are zoos ethical in the modern age? Show more Show less

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?

Yes, zoos are bad Show more Show less

Zoos are, at their core, cruel to animals and shouldn't be supported.
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Zoos are created for profit

Zoos force animals to provide entertainment for people.
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Context

The Argument

Zoos were only created to make a profit. They exploit wild animals for entertainment in order to charge high prices for tickets.[1] Many zoos attempt to further increase their income by adding new attractions instead of caring for the animals they already have. For example, the head of the Philadelphia zoo was given a large retirement package when the facility desperately needed improvements.[2]

Counter arguments

Many zoos are nonprofit, their only focus being the conservation of animals. All of their efforts are in research and the betterment of wild animals in captivity. Therefore, not all zoos are focused on profit.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Zoos were created for profit. [P2] Zoos only care about money. [P3] Zoos do not care about animals and are therefore bad.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Some zoos are nonprofit.

Proponents

Further Reading

References

  1. https://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/top-misleading-claims-zoos-make/
  2. https://www.phillymag.com/news/2006/07/24/philadelphia-magazine-contrarian-dialing-for-dollars/

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