The world is constantly trying to invent and find new forms of entertainment. This being said, people often find pleasure in watching animals. When thinking about how animals are used in the entertainment industry, it seems that in most cases they are being mistreated. Owners of such animals that are neglected lack the care and knowledge to provide for them. This is a social issue because not only do we use animals for our own enjoyment, but we uproot them from their natural habitats and take them away from their families.
Identifying the Problem:
The problem to identify at hand is obvious; it’s the mistreatment of animals being used in the entertainment industry. Animals are ripped away from their natural habitats or bred in captivity to provide us humans with sources of entertainment. The article “Ten Fast Facts About Animals In Entertainment” explains that the majority of captivity-bred animals will not be returned to the wild. In fact when a facility breeds too many animals they are sometimes sold to laboratories, traveling shows, canned hunting facilities, or to private individuals (“Ten Fast Facts”). Private individuals, who inquire about wild animals, almost always lack the proper caregiving skills, and this leads to animals being neglected. When being bred in captivity, animals are oblivious to their natural habitats and how to socially interact with their species.
The article “Animals Used as Entertainment” lists rodeos, circuses, bullfighting, horse racing, cockfighting, dog fighting, and zoos as examples of the many ways animals are used in entertainment. Circuses and zoos are the two most relevant forms of animal mistreatment. Both of these are sources of entertainment for children and adults. Zoos declare that they are used for mostly educational purposes and preserving various species, but the reality is that they fall short on both (“Animals Used”). Visitors at zoos typically spend only a few minutes at each cage before moving on to the next one. The only information being told about the animals is their name, diet, and natural location on a plaque. This is a prime example of how zoos are used more for entertainment, and not education. While zoos look like they treat their animals with great care, their enclosures are generally too small, and people cannot observe their normal behavior (“Animals Used”). The animals that live at zoos may seem fine on the outside, but a closer look can give insight on how the animals truly are neglected.
Circuses do not typically stay in one location for long periods of times, meaning that all of the animals must be crated, chained, and caged to travel. The standard form of training in circuses is punishment. Trainers use this form of training to break the animals’ spirit and make them fearful enough to listen better (“Animals Used”). The forms of punishment are appalling to even think about, let alone read in detail. Some animals are drugged to make them “manageable.” Animals who do not obey...