Recently, the Students of Room 10 created a joint text arguing that animals should not be kept in zoos. The students jointly wrote the text as a class, suggesting sentences and following a draft, edited the text together. The following is their joint text...
NO MORE ZOOS
Animals are being tragically stolen from their natural habitat. It is pathetic and devastating that this is happening in the 21st century. It is vital that we do everything we can to prevent this from happening from now on.
Firstly, it is absolutely vital that animals have more freedom than is possible in captivity. No matter how brilliant a zoo is, it is still forcing depressing and unnatural limitations for them to live in. As a result, animals are living a life in a zoo that is not as fulfilling, rich or enjoyable as it would be, free, in the wild.
Secondly, it is also extremely important that animals live in the wild in herds with their own kind. In a zoo, it is rare that animals can live in a large safe and happy group of their own kind. By being removed from the herd, animals never get the chance to learn natural behaviours such as hunting when they are cooped up in small enclosures.
Finally, when in the wild animals are free to move over large areas and to different places. When they are restrained in captivity at the zoo, they are unable to do this because it simply isn’t possible for a zoo be big enough. This means that animals in zoos can’t roam freely as nature intended, they are denied their natural need for space and exploring.
In conclusion, animals are being treated cruelly by being kept in tiny, cramped and lonely enclosures at zoos. This is a horrifying situation which can be easily avoided. The time has well and truly come for animals to live freely, not in small cruel enclosures in zoos.
By Room 10, 2015