Animals in Captivity
Normally when humans keep animals in captivity they make the excuse that these animals are rescue animals but that isn’t always the case. Humans have captured animals because they know that these places make money for tourists and are used for recreational purposes. Animals that aren’t domesticated shouldn’t be kept in captivity if they are perfectly healthy and can manage on their own. In some cases animals have been captured at such a young age that they are raised by their handlers that when they grow up they can’t be released into the wild because they have lost their ability to survive in the wild by themselves in the wild and have to be kept in captivity for the rest of their lives.
Caring for an animal in captivity takes knowledge, time and money. The animal welfare people will come to inspect these zoos and aquariums; recently there have been cases where they have to shut down such places because they are not meeting the requirement which is why you are seeing so many zoos for sale and large aquariums for sale because the owners don’t have the resources to up keep these institutions. There will always be a big debate as to whether or not animals should be kept in captivity as many institutions are constantly abusing their animals and aren’t giving them the proper care that they deserve.
It has always been a grey area in terms of animal preservation as animal experts normally defend the fact that animals should be kept in captivity because it helps preserve the species. Nowadays the only time you will ever see a rhino or a polar bear is in a zoo because of the poaching problems that the world has become a victim to. Poaching is a growing problem and has caused the near extinction of many animals because of it. Humans have decided to take the last remaining animals of their species and hold them captive to preserve them.
Game reserves aren’t necessarily holding animals captive as they are allowed much more freedom but the place that they live are normally surrounded by fencing to keep them enclosed and protect them. If you ever see aquariums for sale or zoos for sale you will stop and wonder why? It will be because that place didn’t have enough resources or they violated the rules of keeping animals in captivity. The bottom line is that animals weren’t created in captivity and were always meant to roam free.