Animal performances and zoos, what’s not to love. A fun place for all ages, a fun way to learn more about animals. However, do you know one’s fun experience could be another’s worst nightmare? Animals that are being confined in these places such as Sea World have abnormal behaviors compared to those in the wild, but they are still being trapped in these unusual habitats. Even though humans may see zoos and animal performances as something entertaining, animal captivity in the world is ruining animals’ day to day lives, and it should stop.
Animals that are in captivity lives are destroyed each and every day. Tilikum, who is the largest orca ever held captive from Sea World lived in a 20×30 ft dark pool for ? of his life. If you imagine having to be stuck in a dark small room for ? of your life, it will definitely be depressing. Another reason is that the animal doesn’t actually do well in captivity. Birds at zoos that are in cages tend to pick out at their own fur. Orcas that are confined will often mess up their teeth by chewing in their tanks. It is also even noticeable that elephants in captivity would act oddly by swinging back and forth or maybe even bobbing their head from boredom. All of these behaviors are abnormal for these animals if they were in the wild.
Last reason, is that the habitat that the animal is living in, is not there actually type of habitat. Just because you put an orca in water doesn’t mean that is how they actually live in the wild. An example is that for sea animals the ocean which is their natural habitat is so huge that their home is really never ending, however, in these confines place, there are probably able to take a lap from their tanks in less than 3 minutes. The habitats where these animals live in captivity could never be compared to there actually habitats.
However, there are some pros to having animals in captivity. Such as people being actually able to teach intelligent sea animals. Humans have the capability of doing these which is astonishing, but the animal at one point may be frustrated or just feel so bored with their life doing the same thing, again and again, every single day. Life is about adventures, however, how can these animals have an adventure when they are doing the same routine every day.
Also if you have an animal who is frustrated there is a high chance that the animal would put their trainer at risk, to the point of someone dying. An example of an animal being frustrated all the time is Tilikum. He killed a couple of his trainers like Dawn Brancheau and still was being forced to put on a show at Seaworld. Others may also say that having animals in captivity will be able to teach others people about the animals.
However, in some cases, there are places like SeaWorld who actually lie to the people at the theme park. Orcas live up to 100 years if they are a female and 60 years if they are male. On the other hand, SeaWorld workers say that the Orcas live 25-30 years and that they even live longer in captivity than in the wild. The truth is that they live 25-30 years in captivity and live longer in the wild.Ultimately, animal captivity should not be known as a learning experience for both humans and animals but should be determined as cruelty to the animals that are meant to be in the wild.
Day to day animals are being forced away from their homes and families or even born into a place than think is home but is actually not there actually habitat. Animals harming themselves from boredom and frustration. The animals are what we called animals in captivity, animals whose lives are ruined.
As of now humans should get together and educate the next generation of the cruelty of animal captivity. Many people are unaware of the neglect that these animals face but by educating children, this will show a change of heart when it comes to the right of animal captivity.