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Animals in Captivity - Should or Should Not Be Kept.

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Animals in Captivity - Should or Should Not Be Kept P4 Should Animals can be kept in captivity for many reasons for the benefit of themselves or us humans. Here are some points as to why it's good to keep animals in captivity. * Captive breeding programs Captive breeding preserves endangered species from extinction. Breeding in captivity removes the treats that would normally prevent breeding in the wild or the survival of the young. It may be the only chance for that species to survive. Captive breeding plays a significant role in conserving species. Reintroduction is the ultimate goal of every captive-breeding program. Once the level of species in captivity has reached a sustainable high some can be introduced into the wild. * Educational purposes Having animals in captivity for education and research gives people a greater understanding of how they develop, breed, live and would act in the wild. Mission statement from Paignton Zoo: Our mission is to create an awareness and appreciation of the natural world and to motivate and enable people of all ages to respect and care for our environment. ...read more.

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If the animal is cared for and kept in suitable surroundings like their wild environment than I personally do not have a problem with keeping animals captivity for their own personal wellbeing. Legislation Regarding the Keeping of Exotic Animals M4 There are many legislative procedures that affect the keeping of exotics these are: * Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 A local authority licence is needed in order to keep a dangerous animal. Animals must be kept in accommodation from which it cannot escape, and the premises must be inspected annually by a veterinary surgeon or other authorised persons. This may not always be affective, as people may be unaware of the fact that they have to obtain a licence and how the animal they are keeping should be kept. * Performing Animals Act 1925 This act applies to animals kept for displays and shows. The act states that: "A person whom exhibits or trains any performing animal, for which the public have access, either payment or not, must be registered with a local authority". ...read more.

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provided with water at all times * The animals are monitored constantly * There are precautions against disease * There are precautions against fire and other emergencies This act being in force means that animals cannot be sold unless of good health and in a suitable environment. This prevents animals being sold off the streets. * CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species This protects animals by regulating and monitoring their national trade to prevent it reaching unsuitable levels. This I feel is good as it prevents the illegal trade in wild animals. Human Health Considerations * Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 This act protects the employees within the animal industry if any accidents should occur. This includes Risk Assessments. * Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1964 This makes insurance of employee's compulsory if any accidents should arise. * Public Liability This is so the business is insured if anything should happen to visitors while on the premises. The amount insured for depends on the amount of visitors and the number and severity of hazards that may occur. 1 ...read more.

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