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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 educate about exotic animals

People learn more information about exotic animals while visiting zoos.
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The Argument

Zoos can be used as tools to educate people about exotic animals. Zoo visitors are able to see a wild animal closely while learning about their behavior and the environment they live in. Zoos may be the only opportunity for someone to see a wild animal. That species may not be native to that area or could be dangerous if encountered in the wild.[1] A study found that zoos and aquariums educate people about ecosystems and biodiversity.[2]

Counter arguments

People are able to learn about animals in other ways, so zoos are not necessary for education. Zoos only show what a wild animal looks like in person, and do little to educate beyond that. Most people visit zoos for entertainment, not to gain more information on exotic animals.

Premises

[P1] Zoos educate people about wild animals. [P2] Zoos are the only opportunity for people to see wild animals.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Zoos are not the only way people can learn about wild animals.

References

  1. https://letshannondunk.com/why-zoos-are-necessary-for-education/
  2. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140303083545.htm

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