To Zoo or not to Zoo?
Each year millions of people around the world visit zoos. Some
people, though, think zoos are cruel to animals. The paragraphs that follow
summarize arguments made by people on each side of this debate.
People should go to zoos for fun!
Plus, zoos are educational. You would never see certain animals
if not for zoos. Mountain gorillas, for instance, live only on certain mountains
in Africa. Seeing the gorillas in a zoo lets you know exactly what they look
like and gives you an idea of how they behave. Zoos hare also safe places where
researchers can study animals. Modern zoos provide protection for animals as
well. Safe living areas for endangered animals can even save them from
Animals should never be taken from the wild!
People should view animals in natural settings, not cages. Most cages. Most
zoos use cages that are too small or pools that confuse animals. For example,
dolphins often can’t communicate because pool walls disturb the sound waves they
send. Also, most animals, like humans, need exercise to stay healthy. Zoos can’t
provide enough exercise because they are too small. Fun for people is not worth
the price to the animals!