Top Ten Reasons Why Zoos Are Bad

The Top Ten

1 The Animals Are Trapped

Animals can not adapt to life in enclosures they have to be let out so they can live a longer life instead of being held hostage

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!

They should tie up the animals more and feed them metal. and beat them

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.

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

If a lion in a zoo dies before a lion in the wild, then there should be fewer zoos because they are gay

I think they don't have any freedom and some time they didn't eat food because they didn't like it so that's why

Yes animals die

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.

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

They should have more space!

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 are good

They should close the zoo and let them be free



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

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

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

9 They Are Lame

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

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.

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

They are not lame but lame for animals.

10 Killing of Harambe

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

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


It was the mother's fault.

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

Yeah, at least the zookeepers don't kill and eat the animals.

The farmers raise the animals and kill them so we could eat protein, and survive, zoo keepers keep animals in for something we don't need.

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!

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!

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

I agree

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'.

It is boring if it is BABYISH

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!

That's life for ya

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!

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

I like penguins


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.

No they don't

One kanguru die in a zoo in 2014

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

This is very true they kill animals when they are to old or are unhealthy or are not helpful to the zoo sometimes if an animal has a baby and they don't have room for the baby they kill it

Seriously why do they do that?

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

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.

Pandas eat lots of bamboo in the wild so that's what they should mostly eat, but bamboo in zoos is hard to come by so a few times they get fruit

23 Zoos Take Animals from the Wild

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

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!

24 They Get No Food When Hibernating

They do not need food when hibernating

They should get the food they NEED TO LIVE!

They should be force fed meat

Zoos are bad

25 You Could Get Peed On by a Lion

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

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)

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