Love zoos? I did …. not anymore!!

~~13 Times Zoos Were Bad for Animals~~

“Many people aren’t aware of the cruelty behind zoos, so it’s good that you’re thinking about animals used for entertainment. When I was a kid, I went to the zoo all the time with my family. I loved pandas as a kid (still do!), and I thought being able to see them in person would be neat. But once I saw them “up close and personal,” I realized that the animals were miserable.

It instantly became very clear to me that the animals imprisoned in zoos are sad and don’t want to be kept in artificial environments, have people gawk at them, listen to children who bang on the windows of their enclosures, or have cameras flashing in their faces. To put it simply, zoos are imprisoning animals who want to be free.

Captive animals are deprived of everything that is natural and important to them, and as a result, they become bored and lonely and many even suffer from a condition called “zoochosis.” If you’ve ever witnessed a captive animal rock and sway back and forth, you’ve seen the disease firsthand. This condition is so rampant in zoos that some zoos give animals a mood-altering drug, such as Prozac, because the public has started to catch on.”

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Zoos are businesses that capitalize on breeding, buying, and selling animals. Their main priority is profit, not animal welfare.

How do we know?

1. Because these penguins are on anti-depressants.

Penguins at Zoo

The Humboldt penguins at Scarborough Sea Life Centre have been prescribed antidepressants because they’re so unhappy.

2. Because this giraffe was killed and fed to lions when he had outlived his “usefulness.” (NSFW)

Marius …. He was 2 years old.

3. Because a gorilla was shot and killed after escaping from an “award-winning” exhibit at the Dallas Zoo.

4. Because the Gaza Zoo painted stripes on these donkeys to make them look like zebras.

5. Because in 2003, the San Diego Zoo and Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo imported 11 captured African elephants from Swaziland.

Elephants are good for ticket sales, and even the biggest zoos steal them from the wild.

6. Because in 2006, several accredited zoos imported 33 monkeys who had been illegally trafficked by poachers in Africa.

They could have worked with wildlife rehabilitators to return the primates to their natural habitat.

7. Because 90 percent of public aquariums studied had animals who demonstrated stereotypic (neurotic) behavior.

These included interacting with invisible boundaries, repeatedly raising their heads above the surface of the water, spinning around an imaginary object, and frequently turning on one side and rubbing along the floor of the tank.

8. Because from 2006 to 2009, Missouri’s Dickerson Park Zoo handed over “surplus” giraffes, zebras, kangaroos, wallabies, and exotic antelopes to questionable entities.

These included Buddy Jordan, a notorious animal dealer who is known to have sold animals to hunting ranches, exotic-animal breeders, dealers, and unaccredited zoos.

9. Because New Jersey’s Cape May County Zoo sold two giraffes to an animal broker who then sold them to a traveling circus.

10. Because when baby animals who are exhibited in the Minnesota Zoo’s yearly farm display grow up and lose their youthful appeal, the zoo sends them to livestock auctions.

Sheep Live Export

From there, many are ultimately sent to slaughter.

11. Because the chief of veterinary services at the Cleveland Zoo has even called on members of the zoo community to support the use of surplus zoo animals in medical experimentation.

Frick Monkey In Lab

12. Because a bear starved to death at the Toledo Zoo after zoo officials locked her up to hibernate without food or water.

They didn’t know that her species doesn’t hibernate.

13. Because a kangaroo at the Cleveland Zoo had to be euthanized after being struck by a train running through the exhibit. 

She was at least the fifth animal to be struck by the train.

These are only a few of the many examples of ways in which zoos have failed the animals they claim to care about.

The solution is easy: Instead of supporting zoos, support organizations that help protect the animals in their natural habitat.




~~The Truth About {SOME} Zoos – Argument Project~~

~~Published on Mar 29, 2012~~

Cody, The Husky

Holy hell people. THIS IS NOT MY PERSONAL OPINION ABOUT ZOOS. And I KNOW that not ALL zoos are like this. THIS WAS JUST A PROJECT I DID FOR SCHOOL. It is in NO way, shape, or form meant to harm anyone or “get everyone to think zoos are bad” or something like that. IT WAS JUST A STINKING PROJECT. Get over yourself.

I am SICK AND TIRED of people messaging me saying how I “have no right” to say these claims or that “they’re false statements”. I didn’t make this stuff up. You want my sources?

HERE THEY ARE.……………………………

THINK before you speak, people. Seriously. It’s not that hard.

We ALL are connected through NATURE!! 


We ALL are ONE!! 


15 thoughts on “Love zoos? I did …. not anymore!!

  1. Although I agree there are (too many) zoo’s that do not treat their animals like they should I think they are a critical place to have our kids learn about animals that they otherwise never would see.

    Of course I am against any form of catching wild animals and selling them to a zoo. I am against killing animals because they have “no use” anymore for the park. Places like that should be shut down asap. However we can’t deny that breeding programs have helped to keep certain animals from extinction and I know that the zoo’s in my country are under heavy scrutiny of animal welfare organizations and the state.

    Would I like all animals to be free, yes of course. Do I think we can live without zoo’s…unfortunately not 😦


    • We are between a “rock and a hard place”.

      The animals issue is always a tricky question. For those that do good, there are so many that do harm and are so cruel.

      Have you seen a documentary called “Blackfish”?
      Take a look ….

      I live within driving distance to SeaWorld. The grand kids love it. I use to … won’t go back ever again!

      Understand your point!! 🙂


  2. This sort of abuse just breaks my heart. We, as humans, can fight about the smallest of injured civil rights, but never think about the rights of animals! Frankly, I have always said that humans DO NOT belong to Nature and that does not put us above it – but below it.


    • My dear friend … we are on the same page. I know that there are plenty abuses … to human kind. But humans can defend themselves somehow.

      Animals can’t. Brakes my hear!!

      TY for visiting and commenting. Peace …..


  3. We decry slavery and lack of freedom for humans, yet we do the same to animals and it’s cute and/or educational and/or entertainment. I doubt there is anyone who would be ok with their child being removed from their home to be put on display. We need to care for them in the wild so they can stay in their homes.


  4. I agree wholeheartedly with everything you have presented here, Dr. Rex. I only wish there were no zoos anywhere. With computerized imaging these days, children can learn all about animals in other ways. BTW to all of the nay sayers out there who think children MUST have zoos ( and many people extend this belief to circuses) I grew up in a small town that had no zoo, no circus and it didn’t hurt my knowledge of animals one little bit. I read all about them and looked at pictures. No matter how progressive the zoo, it is still a prison and foreign to the animals who live there.

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