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Should animals be kept in captivity ?

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Khristain Godoy ENG-102-6WP Susan LaBrier Animals in captivity If asked if captivity is good for the animals, most of us would agree. There are many animals in captivity all around the world. The animals that are in captivity usually live in zoos or on reserves. A main contributor for animals becoming captive is Animal Rescue. Many animals die or get injured badly in the wild, and being in captivity helps heal the injured animals. Animal captivity can help endangered animals stay alive, in addition Zoos, aquariums, and animal reserves breed animals to help them become un-endangered. Breeding animals in captivity can help preserve the species. It is best for the animals? health and survival. But if you define captivity based on marine biologist, and zoologist rather than the marketing claims on what we see on TV and ads, and if you include in your definition of cruelty, You will see captivity fit the category of cruelty. Captivity is the state or period of being imprisoned, confined, or enslaved. ...read more.


Due to boredom and limited space many dolphins abuse themselves; they often bang their heads against tank and aquarium walls. Some of these poor innocent creatures face abusive treatment by their caretakers, thus shortening their lifespan. In fact Keiko, the killer whale, the star of Free Willy, was a victim of this type of abuse. It was said that he was 1000 pounds underweight and developed a wart like disease. His teeth were grind down from chewing the sides of the pool due to the boredom and he had a problem with his dorsal fin. A third criterion captivity causes distress on the animals. Marine mammals breed very poorly in captivity with very high infant death rates. For this reason, when a baby dolphin is born into captivity its birth is usually kept a secret from its mother until it shows signs of survival due to the amount of stress the mother dolphin is in. Marine mammals do breed in captivity, but the birth rate in captivity is not as successful as in the wild due to stress. ...read more.


In my opinion there is no doubt that marine animals or any other animals should not be held in captivity. Marine mammals are a part of nature and should not be bought, sold or thrown in an aquarium. I believe that they have the right to be kept in their natural environment. When people go see these animals am sure they are lost for words because of the beauty and innocence of these wonderful animals that God had blessed us to put on earth with us. But God did not put the animals behind bars or in tanks, we did. If we wish to pass on these wonderful moments and experiences to our sons and daughters and their sons and daughters, we must put a stop to captivity. Animals are a part of nature and should not be bought, sold or thrown behind bars or into tanks for display. God put these animals here naturally so lets keep it that way. ...read more.

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