I used to love going to the zoo as a kid. Seeing all of the animals, especially the large cats and bears was a great experience. However, now that I look at things I still think animal and fish facilities are a fun concept, but there is a darker side that looms in my mind: Is it unfair to the animals? I have been contemplating a trip to the zoos and aquariums in California, but after hearing about that Seaworld story it really made me think twice. I love animals, but I think wildlife shouldn’t be in captivity solely for our entertainment. As far as endangered species, I think things happen for a reason and it’s not always up to us to control it. I see the efforts and the good intentions, but after thinking about it long and hard I don’t think they outweigh the bad sides of it. What do you think?
I know that they provide them with what they need to survive and invest millions in doing so. I know that they try to protect the endangered species of the world. They create huge habitats to put the creatures in environments as similar to their own as possible. That said, still, nothing can replace the vast open world they naturally come from. Something that makes me feel better, but still wonder. There are plenty of animals that are born in captivity, in zoo and aquariums.
I heard a story on the news back in February that a 40-year-old killer whale trainer was killed at Seaworld. Apparently it was the third person who died because of this giant seacreature. I understand these trainers go into the job knowing full well it’s perils, but I think this is a major wake up call from nature. Animals can get along with people and can be trained. However, when we’re talking about a wild and very large beast of the sea, I think it’s a different story. When I think of whales, tigers, bears…truly wild animals I am beginning to realize they should be left to live in their natural world. I am still torn in some ways, because I know as people we mean well when we ‘take care’ of these animals and put them in habitats. That said I also feel a huge amount of guilt when I think of how we may actually be handicapping them, and treating them unfairly.
Animals have no rights to say, ‘I want to live here or there.’ or ‘I don’t want to do that.’ I wonder what their feelings are when they are put into captivity. I know after a while they get used to it but a side of me feels really bad for them. That feeling is getting bigger the more and more I think about it.