Top Ten Reasons Why Zoos Are Bad

The Top Ten Reasons Why Zoos Are Bad

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!

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.

Animals do not deserve this, if we are allowed to roam free they should too!

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

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

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

Yes animals die

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

3 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.

4 Cages Are Too Small

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!

A lot of animals die because there cages are to small

5 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.

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

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!

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!

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.

7 They Don't Have A Natural Environment

They are good



8 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

9 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

10 Overly Popular With 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


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!

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11 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

12 Animals Are Not Used to So Much Noise

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


13 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'.

14 There Are Lots of Dusty Areas

What's with that reason?

This is a stupid reason

They need to clean the enclosures

15 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

16 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

17 Zoos Sometimes Beat the Animals


They do I’ve seen it

18 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

19 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!

20 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.

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

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)

21 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

22 Too Expensive

On a windy day, the money could be blown into the enclosures, with the human germs dispensed sickening the animals.

Yeah too expensive to see animals treated wrong

23 The Owls Never Wake Up

The zoo keepers should be careful to animal like your own child and should give love to them.

Owls are nocturnal! In the wild they would be sleeping in the day, and active at night! It would be dangerous to get them up. They shouldn't have to mess around with their body's will so you can see them fly, selfish brat!

Just don't put the owls in the zoo

Um some owl species are nocturnal

24 Animals in Zoos are Suffering from a Mental Disease Called Zoochosis

Some of them. Not all.

So sad we need to stop zooos

Bad zoo bad


25 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

26 Polar Bears Are Not Popular Enough

Index there was polar bear jump another so they were humping they in the end opposite gender.

But it's always the same

I LOVE polar bears

27 They Stink


They suck pp

28 Little Kids Make a Big Deal Whenever Animals Poop

All animals poop

Humans poop too

Of course they're immature! DAAA

29 Some Zoos are So Overrated

Umm excuse meh but seriously Australia is the best country in the world and in some zoos they let them roam free how cool is that so sick of people saying things when they have no idea what there talking about

Yer a Australia zoo is so bad for all the things there to over the top and dear.

Like Australia zoo it's so over rated. Atop and think.

Australia zoo is over rated

30 They Can't Be Free

Flip zoos

31 Additional Animals Are Killed
32 Animals are Depressed in Zoos

The animals try to hurt themselves, and who WANTS that?! Animals deserve to be happy, just like humans do. Watching animals suffer is NOT an example of being happy. I understand zoos can be fun, but is it really worth it to have the animals suffer for your own enjoyment?

Yes they are

33 Zoochosis Can Kill the Animals

Cincinnati was a great example

Cincinnati was a great exa

I agree

34 Animals in Zoos are Being Harmed

Many people, tourists, and zookeepers don’t realize it, but zoos are harming animals. Captive dolphins aren’t getting the amount of nutrition needed in order to be healthy. Facts show that 20% of captive dolphins are underweight (Zimmermann 68). This shows that captive animals aren’t as healthy and are being harmed. Zoos don’t take proper care of the animals. Zoos aren’t giving animals the healthy lifestyle and environment they need in order to be happy and healthy. “The physical space is tightly constricted” in zoos which causes discomfort and unhealthy living conditions to the animals (Zimmermann 65). Temperatures in zoos are also a problem. The temperatures rose to a dolphin-stressing 80 degrees or more, the dolphins lost their appetite and were hit by a virulent blood infection (Zimmermann 69). This shows that zoos aren’t taking proper care for their animals and that zoos are harming animals, not helping them. Zoos don’t take care of their animals properly and ...more

35 They Don't Have Enough Space

They don't have enough space because animals in the wild could run as much as they want and they could also go far and in zoos they could only run a little bit and the animals are going to run back and forth. That's why I'm Anti-zoo

I agree because lions and tigers in zoos have around 18,000 less space than they would in the wild.

36 They Dissect Animals

That's what happened to Maurice the Girafe

37 Bad Food
38 Some of the Animals are Ugly

Some are ugly

39 Turtles In London Zoo Used to Have Their Shells Polished

I hate it when people dress up animals or do stuff like this. They're not little humans, they're ANIMALS. And don't take that away from them.

40 Animals Can Get Annoyed by Zoo Keepers In the Animals Cages

What does that have to do with it

Tis article is so sad

41 You Pay to Watch Animals Be Animals

What the heck! We are paying to see animals being them selves!


42 They Give No Respect to the Animals

They need to be respectful to them

43 Zoos Dissect Animals

Yeah that's right

Animals are soposed to be in the wild, not in a stinky cage!

44 Zoos Break the Family of the Animals

Animals are forced to be leaving their family because about the zoos.
Animals are supposed to be social animals. SO, CLOSE THE ZOOS!

45 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.

46 Animals Get Put Down When They Attack Because Somebody Teases Them

Animals get put down if they Attack when somebody teases them

47 If They Get Released They Would Have Lost Their Predator Ability

Imagine a panda is released and then die because of starvation

48 They Don't Get a Proper Meal

Zoos feed animals food that aren't healthy sometimes.

49 They don't get freedom

They never get enough space to move around

50 The animals are taken from their parents at a few days old!

Would you like to never know who your parents are?!

Animals don't need to know their parents. they do not have as complex emotions as us.


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