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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?         

Animals in captivity  

Information about animals in enclosed habitats and having acts in circuses.

Animals in captivity  

Information about animals in enclosed habitats and having acts in circuses.

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