Change for the Wild Life Alondra Trejo February 13, 2018
You’re chilling on your couch, watching T.V., eating some Doritos. All of a sudden, you get snatched and dragged to the unethical life of show biz. Besides human actions, wild animals live through this every day in zoos, circuses, and other animal parks just so the powerful can make a profit out of the people. This injustice operation is cruel and amiss. Wild animals are held captive all over the world and we are the cause of this effect. Statistics show about 175 million people visit a zoo each year. Why? To learn about the animals and their environment in their ‘habitats’. But, many people don’t actually learn anything or remember what they learn after a few days. People come to look at the animals in their square feet ‘habitat’ just to have a view of them. These animals are in an enclosed space being watched by hundreds of people every day. Wild animals that used to roam free in their natural environment are now in enclosures that limit their freedom. “...forcing animals to live in cramped enclosures just so people can be distracted and amused for a few hours is unethical,” says Marta Holmberg, a Senior Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns. Although zoos can be helpful to endangered species, there is still non-endangered animals captive in zoos. Taking care of an animal is a huge responsibility, not to mention the sets of responsibilities zoos have to act on every day to take care of wild animals. There is no guarantee these wild animals will get the right assistance. It is best to let these wild animals who are not in need of aid to be free in their natural environment. Other than animals being locked up in imitated habitats and viewed upon, there are wild animals being forced to perform and do tricks to entertain
audiences. It is absurd to attempt to tame a wild animal for doing performances without the possibility they will attack and strike you. Obviously, they are able to and are going to kill you. Richard Chipperfield, a tiger trainer from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, was attacked by a tiger. His brother came to help him and led the tiger to their cage. Then, he killed the tiger by shooting it five times. A tiger is a predator, and of course, a trainer is a prey. And in this case, Richard Chipperfield was the prey. Why is it when wild animals attack, they get punished? It is a wild animal’s nature to attack. The word’s wild animal specifically means an uncontrolled or undomesticated animal. Inconsiderate people have brought this upon themselves and there is no verdict to amuse them with. We need to come together to alter this prejudice enterprise and cultivate ourselves to give the fairness wild animals are in rightful of. After all, animals are alive and breathing just like us. Isn’t it our remedy to mend our own culpability we created?
Information about animals in enclosed habitats and having acts in circuses.