Keeping Wildlife In Captivity: Issues Within The Zoo

Keeping Wildlife In Captivity: Issues Within The Zoo

Why Keeping Wildlife In Captivity Is Wrong Within The Zoo Industry

Guest Watching Road Side Zoo

Wildlife In Captivity: What And How They Eat 

The zoo industry has one purpose and goal: To entertain the public using wildlife in captivity. 

With this goal comes an additional goal to be made by the employees of the zoo and wildlife in captivity industry this goal is of the lines of "Successfully keeping wild animals in zoos and aquariums." with this goal in mind It is important to ensure the animals look and appear healthy even when they are not. Part of keeping wildlife appearing healthy is total control of their diets when they eat and how. Though there is little to zero research on how wildlife eats, or even what the animals in their wild environments consume.
Also, there is a lack of means (care) to supply wildlife in captivity with what their wild friends would consume.
In zoos and aquariums, wildlife is fed what is created and produced for human consumption such as seeds, fruits, and vegetables which are not grown or consumed by wildlife but are mass produced chemically. If possible wildlife in captivity is fed food that was created for domestics such as dairy cattle, rabbits, and ferrets. All of which are chemically created.
Nutritional requirements are mostly known for domestics and commercial animal species.

Large herbivores: Cattle, horses = Giraffes, and bongo
Aviary: Chicken and turkey = toucans and Parrots

In some rare situations, giraffes are bred for the sole purpose of consumption, these are called surplus giraffes. Once born they are raised and they are shipped and then slaughtered for carnivores in captivity such as lions and tigers. In one situation the giraffe was publicly slaughtered and fed to a lion. 

        Keeping Wildlife In Captivity: Why And What Happens? 

Often times we as humans and society want to believe that keeping wildlife in captivity is not as evil as it truly is, because that would be an embarrassment to our species if we were to take a huge step back from what we have done and admit that we were wrong, right? We want to believe that keeping wildfire big and small from all around the globe inside of glass prisons is a form education or we as a society will grow from what we can learn from keeping wildlife, wild animals behind glass so that humans can create memories and gawk at them for being cute. One example, excuse, justification and reason of and for keeping wildlife in captivity is education. A lot of people who believe in captivity or who are “pro-captivity” will say that keeping wildlife inside of zoo walls is a form of education. For example: “How will my son know how big an elephant is?” When we ask such a question, or think such a thought we are showing a human trait known as speciesism. We as humans decided that we deserve to know how big an alive elephant is, we as humans decided that we deserve to be entertained by another living and sentient being, We as humans decided that we deserve to take the life of another species either directly from the wild or bred in captivity for the sole purpose of entertainment, lock them in a cage, decided when they eat, how they eat, when they get to go outside and how they will die.

A lot of times because wildlife in captivity are not meant to be behind bars suffer from manic and chronic mental illness, to the point where a lot of the nonhuman animals are put on anti-psychotic drugs and anit depression drugs, drugs that were designed and created for humans by humans just so that wildlife can endure captivity for just a little bit longer so that society can watch them move. Since when you really think about it, and since you so strongly believe that humans deserve to know how big an elephant is, the only difference from a life-sized model in a museum and the zoo, is that the elephant moves.

Giraffes In Captivity: Ask Yourself These Questions 

Often times at zoo’s, petting zoos, road side zoos, attractions and wildlife in captivity institutions there will be an option for guests to feed a giraffe. At this event children, families, and educators are allowed to have what they believe will be an intimate moment with a wild captive animal that most will never see in their lifetime unless the animal was kept in captivity behind glass walls.

There are some questions that we as a society need to be asking when we see these situations and events take place within our fast paced and often times shallow culture.

Is this our human right to be buying, breeding, selling, feeding and viewing giraffes for the sole purpose of profits and entertainment?
Giraffes are not endangered or at a high risk of unnatural death in the wild. Deaths such as poaching or other illegal for profit trades are not a concern for giraffes. The only reason why we have giraffes in captivity is for the sole purpose of entertainment, because the only difference between a life-sized monument at a museum and a zoo is that in the zoo, the animals move and us, as a human animal somewhere down the line of society have decided that we are better as a species and can dominate others. Keeping wildlife in captivity in all forms is a sick and twisted form of nonhuman animal domination and slavery. In captivity we decided what the animals eats, when they sleep, when they go outside, when they come inside, who they are friends with, where they go, the space they have and when they die. We believe that we as humans are better than other species to the point that we can breed giraffes for the sole purpose of profits and entertainment and never question if it is okay.

If we are going to be publicly feeding a giraffe we as guests need to be asking “Is this all the food the giraffe will be eating today?" Often times the giraffes are starved before such events to make the public believe that they are receiving an “intimate and bonding” moment with the majestic creature when in reality all the animal wants to do is to eat a meal in peace. The giraffe does not care for social media fame, likes, selfies or memories. What a giraffe really wants is to gallop in the wild.  No zoo in recent history has released a giraffe into the wild, but we often times feed baby giraffes to the lions who were also bred in captivity for the sole purpose of entertainment

I hope that the next time you enter a zoo, road side attraction, petting zoo and or a wildlife in captivity institution you take a moment, step back and ask yourself these two questions.  We as a society can do better, we need to do better.

Tigers Kept In Captivity

My whole life I thought that in order to keep a tiger in captivity or work with tigers you had to have multiple degrees and got "lucky" to be near a tiger or work with one.
For many years I thought that the zoo, circus, and the tourist industry were these high and noble employees, people and businesses who dedicated their lives and time to helping tigers.
Turns out in the circus, that there is a high chance that all that they are as humans is a single, or multiple family group who decided that tigers deserve to do tricks for human's selfish desires and profits, so that this poor circus family can make a living, because no way in hell could they become a city folk and work a desk job, or better yet since they love making money a sketchy car sales man!
Turns out the zoo industry is just that. Every single day I'm talking to vegans and carnist about how the Oregon Zoo and the Woodland Zoo are the exact same thing. I don't ever want to hear, ever. How one zoo is better than the other. That is not the point and never will be. The point is that the American Zoo Association is a for profit company hiding under the name of a non profit and by supporting the "better zoo" under the American Zoo Association you are supporting them all. Also, about those degrees..... A GED is a degree right?
And last, but not least the tourist industry. Buying, breeding, selling tigers for the sole purpose of profits. Feel fee to ask the employees, ask them all why they do what they do and out of their mouth comes "Conservation efforts" or maybe, go ahead and ask if you can bring one home while holding out a few dollar bills because the exotic pet trade, tigers in captivity for numerous reasons is so large and popular right now that when you Google "Tigers as pets" humans have created care sheets for them.
I thought humans were better than this. I thought humans were smart. Loving and caring. Not only do humans not care, but they pay for someone else, to abuse someone else for them.

Two Ladies With Large Tiger

Older couple with Tiger Cub In Captivty 

Woman Petting Tiger Cub

Young Adult Playing with A Baby Tiger

Tigers In Captivity 

Why Breeding Zoo Animals In Captivity Is Wrong

The zoo industry exists for numerous of reasons. these reasons are highlighted and brought into existence by human greed and selfish desires. Some of the reasons listed are to gain profits, to run a successful business, to research nonhuman animals and for entertainment purposes towards families and children. At the end of the night when the gates close, the zoo's one and only purpose to open the next day is to gain money, because if the zoo is not making profits, the zoo could not entertain guests. What entertains guests and is easy to supply and take care of? Wild exotic animals, especially the baby animals of which are captive breed and selected to exist by human standards. 

The zoo concept and exotic pet trade has been alive and well for hundreds of years way before we had organizations who took over requirements and ideology ways of doing it right. Since we do have a documented history of the zoo and wildlife in captivity industry, we can conclude from past and modern day history that the money is the root cause of keeping wildlife captive and breed. There are also notes that prove that the zoo exists for entertainment and entertainment only. We can conclude that the animals well being, care, and proper management by passionate and educated staff is the very last thing on the zoo keepers and zoo managements minds because when it comes to making profits animal welfare is the very last thing on anyone's mind, if it is at all. The zoo has to cut corners, has to save money and who is best to suffer the consequences of these for profit industries than the ones who can never speak for themselves? The zoo animals. 

We as a society have to push the concept and thought that breeding wildlife in captivity is wrong, it is not helping the animals in any way, shape or form. Breeding wildlife in captivity only help the zoo gain profits.

Boa Being Sold In Captivity 

The Marketing Game: How To Raise A Zoo Keeper 

As I am continuing to study the zoo and wildlife in captivity industry, I am constantly shocked at the hidden, but often times exposed and even taught marketing industry within the zoo. How deep and broad their game goes, their marketing strategy and game not only begs for money to fill the pockets of the elite with each and every cry to the media that they make, but also the zoo industry has a detailed map and agenda in recruitment for trusted zoo keepers, this recruitment starts at guests parents and is targeted at the children. Their events may scream "family fun" but the zoo keepers are getting paid to recruit your children and were picked to do their jobs by how well they are able to do so. 
I understand that this sound insane, that I am insane, that I am making this up. I wish I was making this up. I really do, but this is the truth and this is what is going on around us and within the zoo industry. 
Let me end the night with a scenario that I learned about today while I was sitting at a coffee shop studying the american zoo industry, this situation is common and in fact taught in college textbooks that are meant to be read by students who are entering the zoo keeper and zoo management field.. This is a training manual as  one would say about how to recruit children to be zoo keepers when they are old enough to do so....
Let's say that my local city zoo that is ran by American Zoo Association allows children under the age of 10 years old to feed a giraffe.
The zoo keeper is well kept, young, female, pretty and has a history of small acting roles that paid for her college degree. Her enthusiasm, excitement and joy is something that even an adult would inspire to be.
The young child does not have a lot of responsibilities at home, she even gets scolded when she accidentally knocks over a glass and breaks it while attempting to help her mother with the dishes for mother's day.
While the young girl is feeding the giraffe the zookeeper praises the child, reminds the child that giraffes are endangered and we have to protect wild animals, care for wild animals and by this experience of feeding wildlife the young child feels important and proud.
As the child leaves the event there are hand sanitizers directly outside of the gates. A sign that the event is over, and that the only safe and clean way to be with or care for wildlife in such a way is within captivity, the zoo.
The young child grows up to be a zoo keeper, but not until the family pays thousands of dollars over the next 10 years to the zoo industry to breed and kill more animals for profits.

That is the zoo industry.
That is what you are supporting.

What we as a society can do

1. Share this post
2. Ask your local zoo to stop breeding wildlfie in captivity
3. Ask your friends and family to visit a vegan animal sanctuary and to donate the money that they would have spent for the zoo entrance fee to the sanctuary


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