The Controversy of Zoos

Sydney Hancock, Photographer

Zoos have been a source of controversy for years. You might have visited one when you were younger or with your own kids to look at the animals not seen in your own backyard. Lions, tigers, cheetahs, exotic birds and fish, and even reptiles or penguins. You probably did not think about how well the animals are cared for or how being in captivity is affecting them. Zoos do an excellent job of hiding the negative aspects of their organization with fun talk shows that showcase an animal or a live feeding where a keeper feeds the animal in front of guests. Some places even allow you to pet or purchase food for the animals, adding more fun for the guests to enjoy. These activities are a distraction from the small habitats and poor health of the animals so the zoos have a way to keep raking in the cash from unsuspecting customers.