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why are so many people saying no to capitivy

Dear Malasis

Thank you for your question. I also wish to thank the authors of the websites I used.

I guess that you are talking about people saying no to zoos and circuses.

I think different people have different reasons for disagreeing with animals being kept in captivity. Some of these reasons are not consistent with each other. For example, people may disagree with zoos and circuses, but will still eat meat and other products from animals kept in farms. Some may also keep pets in a confined space, even if they don't agree with zoos and circuses.

Some of the main reasons people don't like animals being kept in captivity are as follows:
1. Some people don't like any animals to be kept in captivity, whether they are in farms, zoos, circuses or are kept as pets. They consider that all animals should be kept in the wild.
2. Some people don't like certain animals to be kept in captivity. The animals may include great apes (as they are related to humans) and some large animals, such as whales and elephants.
3. Some people don't like animals to be kept in crowded enclosures or for social animals to be kept by themselves.

I have been to various zoos with people who do not like the idea of seeing animals in captivity. One of my friends is a member of CAPS (http://www.captiveanimals.org/) and we have visited several zoos together. She does not like seeing animals in cramped conditions, but has liked some animal exhibits.

Gerald Durrell said that he would like to close down zoos, but he would only justify this if the various animals kept in zoos were safe from extinction. Unfortunately, many animals are losing their habitats in the wild and many zoo animals couldn't be intrduced into the wild. I saw a programme called 'Animal Squad', where Knaresborough Zoo was closed down. Most of the animals were housed in other zoos, but a couple of black bears were killed and thrown onto a skip, which I found to be upsetting.

Please note that I have tried to be objective, but I cannot speak for millions of people who don't like zoos and circuses. It may be worthwhile to contact organisations such as CAPS and the Born Free Foundation (http://www.bornfree.org.uk/) to find alternative opinions.

All the best


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I can answer questions about wild mammals and other animals, as well as extinct animals and zoos. I am not an expert about every animal species. I can look up information from books and the internet, but can't verify if all the information is true. Please don't ask questions about: 1. Pets. I am not a vet. Please contact a vet if your pet is ill. You may need to spend some money if you want your pet to live. Don't get a pet if you don't know how to look after it and if you can't provide it with the space, food and possible companions that will help it live a healthy life. Don't take animals from the wild, unless they are ill and/or injured and you can protect them until a wildlife charity can help. It is cruel to take animals from their parents, especially if the parents will look for the babies, while putting their other babies at risk. You may be breaking the law by keeping wild animals or you may need a licence to look after some species. Please check with a local wildlife group. 2. Eggs: Please don't remove eggs from nests. The mother birds provide the right temperature for the eggs and won't sit on them if the temperature is warm enough for them to develop naturally. It is illegal to remove eggs of some species and, unless you have an incubator or a broody hen, the egg may not develop. If you are allowed to touch the eggs, you can candle them to see if they are fertile. If theys aren't fertile, they won't hatch. 3. Fights: Please don't ask about fights between different animals. These questions assume that individuals of two species fight each time they meet and that one species will always be victorious over another. This is untrue. There are cases where a live mouse has been fed to a venomous snake, bitten the snake leading to the snake's demise. 4: Diseases: Please ask doctors or other medical experts about diseases that you may catch from animals. I can't advise on how to deal with viruses, bacteria etc.


I have a zoology degree and have been interested in animals since I was two. I am a zoo volunteer at London Zoo. I have appeared on a BBC Radio Quiz, 'Wildbrain'.

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