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Feanorcurufinwe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:13 PM
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Poll question: Are zoos jails for animals?
Edited on Sat May-15-04 08:15 PM by Feanorcurufinwe
Are zoos just places where we lock up animals or do they serve some greater purpose?

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:14 PM
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1. are jails zoos for humans?
hmmmmm.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:15 PM
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3. That's great and
so true.
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:15 PM
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2. Unless they're injured, sick or endangered animals should not be in jails
But i still like to go look at the pretty creatures.
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:15 PM
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4. Not really
But I have to admit I don't care for the ones that just have animals in cages on display. I think it gives people the wrong idea about animals in general.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:18 PM
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5. I'm no expert, but
I think most zoo aminals these days are one that were unable to survive outside captivity, such as injured or endangered animals. Then again I could be totally wrong.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:20 PM
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6. They get better fed than some people. And unlike some people they get fed
And sheltered.

They're penned in a confined area. But so are we. At least they can be themselves. We're trapped in a cube absorbing mass quantities of radiation.

They all have a job: Be themselves. We humans can't make jobs for everybody. And those with jobs have to work through so many 'regulations' that they can't be themselves.

If they're well treated, then I'm cool with zoos.
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Don_G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:22 PM
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7. They Used To Be
But my zoo is pretty good. Open space, cold water for the Polar Bears in the summer and involved in several species-propagation programs including the Black-Footed Ferrets out West.

With a 2-story walk-through terrarium and a F**KIN' UNRESTRAINED 35-FOOT ANACONDA SNAKE just waiting to suck me through its gullet!!!!

I just may carry a bag of quick-mix concrete on my shoulder just to make certain He/She has an impacted stool if the Zoo can't afford to toss in a Deer or two.
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Lisa0825 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:25 PM
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8. It depends.
The trend in the US has been towards trying to creat habitats that seem as natural as possible. In the wild, the life expectancies of most these animals is probably much shorter. I think that if they are living in a place where they have safe and comfortable dwellings, and are not being abused in anyway, zoos are ok. They also serve some good purposes, such as breeding programs for endangered species, and educating the public. I think the zoos I have been to recently (in NYC and Houston) seem to be decent homes for the animals. In some other countries, especially those countries known for not treating their own citizens well, zoos can be really horrific. I think it was after Iraq War I that I saw footage of starving animals at abandoned zoos, but even accounting for the war, the zoo itself just looked like nothing but dry, dusty cages.

Now don't get me started on circuses.... that's a whole 'nother can o'worms!
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thebaghwan Donating Member (998 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 08:29 PM
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9. I once worried about that but I took a civil service test to work at the
L.A. Zoo a long time ago and I went and talked with some of the keepers and I did some suggested reading for the test and I got #1 on the test and I got offered the job and a cool behind the scenes tour of the facilities but in the end I turned it down to go to school. Let me tell you, those aninmals are well cared for. I remember reading this cool book they suggested I read. It was something like: "The keeping of wild mammals in captivity"
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Webster Green Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-15-04 09:01 PM
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10. Looks like a good place to post this again....
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