Animal Rights Essay

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Animal Rights
In the world today, people see animals as objects of entertainment. Their existence is only acknowledged for our own interest. Most of their lives are lived in chains, isolating them from their natural habitats in the wild. Wild animals are stripped from their homes and families and forced into confinement. They deserve to live in complete freedom and no animal should be held in captivity. Animals are forced into mistreatment through the entertainment industry and they deserve the same rights we have as humans.
A zoo is a prime example of keeping animals confined for human entertainment. Millions of people flock to these establishments daily to admire these animals that are ...view middle of the document...

"Studies show that many large animals, such as elephants and the large cats, need much more room than zoos can provide. The small size of enclosures and other features of even the best zoos create what critics call 'anthropogenic,' or human-caused problems, such as foot injuries that plague elephants in captivity but which are rare in the wild." (Waldau 138). This treatment towards these animals is utterly immoral. If an elephant gets a rare disease that only occur in zoos, it is automatic proof that they are not well kept. They are limited on what they can do and where they can go. "They have no freedom of choice; they cannot go where they want to go. People should care about these issues, because zoos promote and represent false images of animals." (Marc Bekoff quoted in Kistler 48).
Another form of keeping animals for entertainment are marine parks, for example, SeaWorld. Dolphins and Orcas are viciously torn from their lives in the wild and forced to perform for us everyday of their lives in a small tank. They no longer know what it is like to swim freely throughout the ocean with their families. "Moreover, when they are able to do what they want, they typically experience pleasure or satisfaction; when they are unable to do what they want, they typically experience frustration or other disagreeable feelings." (DeGrazia 57). When people go to see these animals at SeaWorld, all they see is a mere ghost of what the animal is actually like. We laugh as they jump through hoops and perform these circus-like tricks, but do we actually see the pain that is hidden behind their eyes?
Here are just a few reasons why orcas should not be held in captivity. “All captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, likely because they have no space in which to swim freely and are fed an unnatural diet of thawed dead fish. SeaWorld claims that this condition is common—however, in the wild, it rarely ever happens and is a sign of an injured or unhealthy orca” (SeaWorldOfHurt). This shows us that orcas are never at their healthiest state when held in captivity. They are in a constant state sickness that they cannot get out of. Also, “Orcas who live in the wild have life expectancies of over 30-50 years. In captivity, however, the median age of orcas is only 9” (SeaWorldOfHurt). If this isn’t blatant proof that orcas are not well taken care of in captivity, then what is? Their innocent lives are cut short due to our own ignorance and selfishness. “At SeaWorld, 22 orcas died between 1986 and 2010-an average of nearly one each year-and not one died of old age.” (Peta). A final reason as to why orcas should not be held in captivity is: “Orcas in captivity gnaw at iron bars and concrete from stress, anxiety, and boredom, sometimes breaking their teeth and resulting in painful dental drilling without anesthesia.” (SeaWorldOfHurt).
The tragic story of Tilikum is an extreme eye-opener and changes peoples views on SeaWorld drastically. Tilikum is “the largest...

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