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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?

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Zoos are simply a fun day out, and are also ways to support vulnerable animals.
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Zoos provide quick and advanced medical care

Captive animals are able to get the medical care they need.
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The Argument

Animals have full access to any medical care they need through zoos. They constantly monitor each animals' health and wellbeing and are able to provide surgery and medication if needed. Most zoos are open with how they provide care to animals.[1] They want the public to know how advanced their medical care is and to prove they can provide fo their animals.[2] For example, the Pittsburgh Zoo has a sea turtle second chance program. They provide rehabilitation and release to sea turtles injured in the wild.[3]

Counter arguments

Underfunded zoos cannot give their animals the correct medical care. They lack the knowledge and research to properly care for a wild animal and are unable to help if it becomes ill. Without the right medical care, animals are not benefitting from being in captivity.

Premises

[P1] Zoos are able to give animals proper medical care. [P2] Wild animals are healthiest at zoos.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Underfunded zoos do not properly care for animals.

References

  1. https://wellingtonzoo.com/our-animals/animal-care/
  2. https://nationalzoo.si.edu/animals/animal-care
  3. https://www.pittsburghzoo.org/Conservation-Effort-Sea-Turtle-Second-Chance-Program/

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