The claim that animals have ‘rights’ was first put forward
by the Australian philosopher Peter Singer in the 1970s
and has been the subject of heated and emotional
debates ever since. There are many contexts in which
the question of ‘animal rights’ comes up. Should we
farm animals? If so by what techniques? Should we eat
animals? Should we hunt and fish them? Is it morally
acceptable to use animals as sources of entertainment in
the context of zoos, circuses, horse racing etc.? Often
the same organisations that campaign on environmental
issues (e.g. Greenpeace) are also concerned for the
welfare of animals: both sets of concerns derive from a
commitment to the value of Nature and the Earth. The
question of animal rights might well come up in a debate
on biodiversity, and is one with so many political and
social implications that it is also worth having in its own
right. This debate is about the ethical principles at issue;
the separate debates on biodiversity, vegetarianism,
zoos, blood sports, and animal experimentation deal
with more of the concrete details.
I don't think that we should put a lot of animals into zoos, but it shouldn't be
banned. Many times zoos will take in animals because they are endangered and
need to be saved before they go into extinction.
Zoos may seems like a inhumane way to keep animal... locked up. But the plus side to zoos are they help stop animals from becoming extinct. They are also used for animal research which can help repopulate some species back into the wild.
Zoo life does not prepare animals for the challenges of life in the
wild. For example, two rare lynxes released into the wild in Colorado died
from starvation even though the area was full of hares, which are a lynx's
Animals properly cared for in Zoo's usually live a longer and
healthier life than those in the wild, and they also allow those of us who
have never been to the wilds a chance to see those animals with our own
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