Last time we have talked about legalizing such medical issue as abortion. This time the topic is more widespread and concerns animals. We are going to develop our argumentative skills to write about legalization of zoos and keeping animals there. For us, humans, the cell is a “prison”, this is a “lack of freedom” and so it is a bad thing. Nevertheless, the animals are not humans. In nature, in general, there is no “freedom” and many people consider it a myth. Under natural conditions, as a rule, the area of animal habitat is limited to the territory between the same neighboring areas of residence of other species, and their attempt to cross the line may be followed by an attack and even a murder. Some animals have enough free space in a zoo, where they live in a “natural environment”.
Also, thinking about the fact that the zoo animals tend to live much longer than the wild ones, we may consider a zoo as a good place for animals. Separately, you can talk about the parasites, diseases that are widespread in the wild world, predators, bad food, and so on. In this article, we will try to help you make out your personal ideas on such an issue. Click here for more information on your writing.
Why Does Such an Issue Exist?
Do animals really need human’s compassion when living in captivity? First of all, these are intelligent and highly evolved beings. Their living skills and the need for vigorous activity may find satisfaction only on this side of the cell grid. That is why foxes and wolves living in the most old-fashioned zoos in small cages are prisoners; they deserve compassion the most.
Another regrettable picture is of a few species of swans in the period when they make their flights. These birds, as well as other waterfowl species, usually fly in zoos, because their wings (metacarpal bone joints, to be more precise) are amputated. Apes, especially the large ones, are even unhappier in such prisons. These animals can get a serious disease because of mental suffering.
Unnatural Conditions of Detention
Lately, the weather amazes us with surprises, and often the unpleasant ones. We are distressed, we do not like those whims of nature, and we look forward to the moment when the weather becomes normal again. However, what about the animals that have to live in a completely different climate zone? Expecting the weather they are used to may be senseless. How can polar bears and seals stand different climates? What about elephants? Many other factors in zoos do not correspond to the environment the animal must live in. In the wild, they get their own food; in zoos the procedure of feeding is also regulated.
Transporting animals to the zoo is also a tough question to solve. Loading and transportation is carried out in extremely brutal ways. Often the animal does not want to go to the container for transportation, it simply stands still, resting. Therefore, the only way to take it inside (especially what it is large) is to beat it or make the injection, suppressing its will.
A former employee of one zoo told the following story. To tell in brief, they chained and beat an African elephant during two days just to make it weak and lose its stubbornness. When transported, animals are often seriously injured. A typical example: when in 2002 zoo workers transported a giraffe from the US to the zoo in Moscow, it was revealed that the poor animal broke a leg during the trip. It suffered several serious and painful operations, then spent a few months in a cast and died.
Everybody Grows Up
What goes next? Animals are sold to the hunting farms where hunters pay for the “privilege” to kill them. Some animals are killed for meat or skin. Others are sold to experimental laboratories or less rich zoos. The zoo is not fulfilling the educational function anymore, is it? Most people think that the zoo instills the love for animals. But actually, it does not.
Firstly, by visiting the zoo, children get accustomed to the idea that animals can be easily taken out of their natural habitat and be put in a cage, just like a thing is moved from one place to another.
Secondly, about what kind of communication with nature can we speak if the only thing the child sees is a poor, downtrodden creature, hysterically rushing in a cage, a plate with its name, information about its habitat and diet hanging on its cage?
Thirdly, it is not necessary to look at tigers, elephants and other inhabitants of distant countries in order to love animals. After all, the true love of nature, of animals, is the ability to see something interesting, soulful, beautiful and worth respecting in any living being.
Last but not least, in this age of scientific and technological progress it is not necessarily to go to the zoo to see exotic animals. Now we have high-quality photos, videos, as well as the Internet. So the child can look at proud, freedom-loving, wild animals in their natural habitat.
When providing arguments in your essay, try to be objective and find different examples in people’s stories or your own experience. Illustrate your opinions with statistic; it will highlight the benefits of your research.
We have shown you how to outline the main disadvantages; however, you may take one of the arguments and turn it into an advantage. For example, muse over the fact of taking animals out of their natural habitat due to the need of proper feeding and avoiding natural competition with other species.
Argumentative essay should be constructed logically, with smooth transitions. Do not forget to use link words. In the conclusion do not retell all arguments and examples again. Briefly outline your attitude towards the main issues in several sentences.