Top Ten Reasons Why Zoos Are Bad

The Top Ten

1 The Animals Are Trapped

The animals are just... TRAPPED THERE! Toddlers and their families make "animal noises" and throw food at the enclosed animals who get upset by this and get convinced, by this, to hate humans. I don't care how alike the enclosure looks or how big the enclosure is (the giraffe at my local zoo (the local zoo I mentioned earlier) has an enclosure that is smaller than my school oval), but it is NOT THEIR NATURAL HABITAT! Take 'em back home or else!

Animals belong in their habitat.

How a lion should live: in Africa, hunting other animals with it's pride (that is what a group of lions is called)

How some lions live: In confinement, pacing around, not doing anything but walk around while humans stare.

If you don't think this is a problem, go in your closet with nothing but what's already in there and see how long it takes until you die of boredom.

Zoos are bad for animals. Why take animals out of there habitat, when that is where they belong? Also, have you ever wondered why they take animals out of the habitat they belong in? Animals are diprest by having people stare at them, and they get zoochoisis. This is a sickness that only happens in zoos. It can include pacing, swaying, and animal hurting themselves! I hope this makes you rethink your next zoo trip. now read the rest of the list!

Couldn't agree more. But one good point (which I hate to admit) zoos do have is that they give temporary safe shelter to endangered animals who are getting wiped out due to poachers in the wild (e.G. tigers). These animals then become the last remaining of their species, which through rehabilitation, can at least give some hope they won't go extinct completely.

2 The Animals Die Faster in a Cage Than in the Wild

I think that zoo are good or bad too because animal feel very irritated because of noise pollution and there are not enough space as well as zoos.

This one is just harsh because it's true 100% mean because animals are dying and Zoos aren't caring at all!

Yes lots of animals have a lot shorter lifespans in captivity than in the wild

Yes animals die

3 Cages Are Too Small

They should have more space. Zoos are inhumane and those poor animals deserve to go free and live in their natural habitat without bars closing in around them and people gawking at them every day.

No there to big put them in dog cages and if there being disobedient electrocute them

Wild Animals don't like being in a zoo because the cages are to small

Not all cages are too small at te safari park the train tour size is mammoth sized

4 Animals Should Be Free, While Zoos Keep Them Captive for Entertainment

I mean really! Animals should be able to roam free instead of being stuck in a small cage while people watch them all day long.

5 They Don't Have A Natural Environment

They should close the zoo and let them be free

They are good

6 They Don't Get a Proper Meal

Zoos feed animals food that aren't healthy sometimes.

7 They don't get freedom

They never get enough space to move around

8 They Don't Have Enough Room

Yas in a vidio I saw a porlor bear going in circles

that's just really wrong, giving drugs to force the animals to be happy. zoos are just torture parks.

this is the reason lots of animals get Zoochosis then the animals are given mood altering drugs like prozac

9 They Are Lame

I also think zoos are bad. I hate to say this though, but this reason was horrible. "Lame" is not good evidence even though I agree.

Zoos are bad because the only feed their animals 1 a day

They are lame because they are locked up all day long.

They are locked and just sit around depressed=lame

10 Killing of Harambe

Your mom said that harambe needs to check her gun so that she can shoot u

It was all because of a stupid mother's decision!

That was the fault of the mother. -Izzy

They killed one of their animals?

The Contenders

11 Zookeepers Don't Treat the Animals Like a Farmer Would

Animals are being kept in capitivity all around the world. we have to make this stop. Save the endangered animals and and stop killing them for goods and for the sake of poaching. For example the baby giraffe MARIUS was killed because he was useless for breeding. At least that's what the zookeeper said. We have to make this stop. if we don't all of natures animals will soon be gone. FOREVER

Farmers only kill the animal if they are dying but zoos keep them forever and they would hate billions of random people taking pictures of them!

Actually if they don't want the animal they will either kill them, feed them to the lions or feed them to the other animals in the enclosure!

They don't give a live animal to chase like in the wild. Also they give a little food instead of tons because lions kill and eat tons of meat.

12 Zoochosis Can Kill the Animals

Cincinnati was a great example

Cincinnati was a great exa

13 Zoos Stress the Animals

Yeah, because of all the people staring at them! I would be stressed out.

Zoos are causing the behavior of animals to be different and have a negative impact. Living in the wild or captivity has an impact on the animals lifestyles. Wild dolphins spend an estimated 80% of their time well below the surface while captive dolphins spend about 80% of their time at or near the surface (Zimmermann 65). This shows that the way dolphins or other animals live affects their behavior. Being in captivity causes animals to change their lifestyle and behaviors. The sizes of the enclosures have caused different behaviors. In the wild, polar bears live in a space of 1,000 square kilometers or more, which is about 1 million times bigger than the average enclosure, Dr. Georgia Mason says. The polar bears pace about 25% of the day ( Francisco). The limited space given to animals in captivity causes unnatural behavior. Animals feel invaded and they don’t have enough living space to stay healthy. This causes abnormal behavior to many animals, specifically larger carnivores. ...more

14 They Can Be Babyish

Zoos are coated in a sea of little toddlers because they trap animals that kids that age are OBSESSED with. Zoos sell babyish and fuzzy plush jungle animals at the ticket center, and the zoo (also part aquarium) in my city has a toilet block that was a babyish resemblance to an African hut.

Because this giraffe was killed and fed to the lions when it had outlived an sinfulness life

I saw a YouTube video called 'Number Zoo'.


15 You Have to Pay to Visit Them

Those germy coins could be blown into the enclosures and make the animals die of human germs. You might see a monkey with teary eyes if the coins were blown into the enclosures.

Hey let's dump half our money on animals in a cage slowly dying!

We pay to watch animals be animals!

Why do they make you pay to see animal crulty

16 Overly Popular With Little Kids

The little kids just STARE at them and THROW FOOD AT THE ENCLOSURES! It's just not fair! zoos should be banned! Zoos are the worst! There should be an age requirement! NO LITTLE KIDS!

I like penguins

Any visitors would get caught up in little feet or get made dizzy by little heads if they bumped into one.
Zoo visitor: Ouch! Was that a giant stone? *falls over*
Other zoo visitor: It was actually my daughter Isabella!

Little kids always mess around and throw food at animals so they should have to be mature to be let into a zoo

17 They Torture Animals

How can you keep a animal in captivity like a ELEPHANT they need to roam free

This list is wrong. Zoos are caring.

One kanguru die in a zoo in 2014

Actually know, they treat the animals nicely

For a person who doesn’t like zoos, you sure don’t know a lot about them.

18 Animals Are Not Used to So Much Noise

Animals such as owls are nocturnal and need to sleep during the day. with all the little kids POUNDING ON THE GLASS it's IMPOSSIBLE for them to sleep.

Animals are used to their more naturally quiet habitats and with over 2.5 million people visiting a week, the noise is unbearable which makes the animals have a different behaviour and mentally change into the worse. This usually causes the animals to feather pluck, self harm, and pull fur out.

In the wild, it's quiet. When you have over 3 million people visiting you a week, the noise adds up

That is so right

19 They Use Australian Homestead-type Cages at the Zoo In the Botanic Gardens In Wagga Wagga

Birds fly free. And an unclockable door to the cage, which whoever has the key would go through and then suffer through a reality simulation of Hitchcock's 'The Birds'.

20 They Kill Animals

If the animals have an accident its NOT OK To kill them

Seriously why do they do that?

Rest in peace Harambe


21 Zoos Sometimes Beat the Animals

I am DISGUSTED by the people who BEAT THE ANIMALS! it's NOT FAIR! Zoos SHOULDN'T"T BE ALLOWED! I thought the USA was supposed to be a free country for EVERYONE! Apparently not the animals! This is not fair!

They do I’ve seen it


22 Pandas Are Sometimes Fed Fruit Instead of Bamboo

That's like saying (if there was a human exhibit),"Humans are sometimes fed pizza instead of oatmeal for breakfast." It can eat both, chill out, they don't NEED to ONLY eat bamboo. It is good or them and they love it so it would be good to feed them that often but its just their favorite food, they can live without eating it every meal...

I don't really know what's wrong with it. Pandas choose to eat bamboo despite it's low nutritional value. To be honest, it think pandas should eat fruit, I think they would do so much better with that lifestyle.

Many people think that pandas eat things like grass, but they were once carnivores and does eat meat. They only eat bamboos because it has the nutrition they need and DOES NOT EAT GRASS.

I think it's fine for a bit of fruit but not always feed them that

23 Zoos Take Animals from the Wild

This is so wrong! Animals should be able to live their life in the wild where hey can be called animals not in zoos where they can be called entertainment!

This is torture to the animals and awful behavior to the animals and I think we should do something about these zoos.

No zoos help injured animal and re-breed them then let them back out. it is illegal to take animals from their habitat

24 They Get No Food When Hibernating

They do not need food when hibernating

They should be force fed meat

They should get the food they NEED TO LIVE!

Zoos are bad

25 You Could Get Peed On by a Lion

That could only happen if it reared up against the bars of the cage and started urinating.

Yes they could as lions have crazy good accuracy!

I know on AFV there was a man in the crowd that got peed on by a lion at the SDZ. (San Diego Zoo)

Bobby: The lion peed on me
Teacher: Oh Lord this is what I paid for?

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