Mistreatment of Animals in Zoos

Why the Treatment of Animals Should Improve


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A monkey sitting in a zoo facility

Mistreatment Of Animals In Zoos

Currently, there are over 10,000 zoos in the world.

According to Getaway.10best.com, “In the U.S. alone, there are well over 2,400 zoos spanning multiple cities and landscapes.”

Most zoos let families enjoy interacting and watching animals.

However, there is a situation that has become rampant in zoos, which is the mistreatment and neglect of the animals these zoos.

According to Peta.org, “Zoos teach people that is acceptable to interfere with animals and keep them locked up in captivity, where they are bored, cramped, lonely, deprived of all control over their lives, and far from their natural homes.”

Many zoos have argued that they provide educational opportunities.
However, according to Peta.org, “Most zoo enclosures are very small, and rather than promoting respect for or understanding of animals, signs next to their enclosures often provide little more information than an animal’s species, diet, and natural range.”

Chantelle Korneh, 9, said, “It [doesn’t] matter what [is] on display [at zoos]… people treat the exhibits like wallpaper. Officials should stop kidding themselves about the tremendous educational value of showing an animal behind a glass wall.”

Korneh believes that society as a whole could improve how people treat animals.

Korneh said, “I think we should bring more awareness to this topic. If people notice an animal in bad condition, they should bring attention to it, so other people could know about it and how to stop it.”