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Some people think zoos are cruel and all the zoos should be closed. However, some people think zoos are useful to protect the rare animals. Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

有些人认为动物被关在动物园是残酷的,应该关闭所有的动物园。然而,有些人认为动物园在保护珍稀动物方面是有用的。请讨论这些观点,并给出你的意见。


Throughout the past decade zoos have been widely known and attracted more attention than before as species extinction is becoming a serious problem. Some are in favor of closing all the zoos while others are not. In this case, there is no point shutting all zoos, and this issue should be carefully clarified and examined.

It is undeniable that zoos play a significant role in saving endangered species by bring them into a safe environment where they are protected from poachers, habitat loss, starvation and predators. Besides, plenty of zoos also have breeding programs for endangered species. In the wild, these individuals might have trouble finding mates and breeding. In Australia, Tasmania Devils, the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world and listed as an endangered species since 2008, will be able to restore the population by zoos by containing, several Tasmanian Devils and breeding them.

On the other hand, zoos say they want to protect certain species from extinction but in actuality they favor popular animals that draw a crowd. Most animals are not endangered and the ones that are will never be released into their wild habitat. Money spent on zoo ticket purchases pay to animals to be imprrsoned and traded, not rescued and rehabilitated. As zoo funds are cut, cap.es are smaller with less foliage. The red panda, almost an extinct animal is kept at the Bronx zoo, a few hundred feet from the cars zooming by on the expressway constantly with only a fence to separate them. Their true natural way of life can never be learned in these conditions. It is safe to say that freedom is a precious concept and wild animals suffer physically and mentally from the lack of freedom captivity imposes.

Hence, I believe that reputable zoos held to high standards for the treatment of the animals, providing an enriched habitat in which the animal are bored, are well cared-for, and have plenty of space ought to be preserved, for their efforts on protecting rare species.

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