“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” – Rachel Carson
Nature, a diversity of the physical world. A world we can’t hold for its greatness consumes no limits, as it stretches and graces us – humankind, with life. But as we evolve, so do our minds, as they too stretch to devour knowledge. Knowledge for the tiniest things to match with a vast reasoning. And so our curiosity mingles with desire. It wasn’t out of hatred towards the animals, that people wanted to cage animals but merely because of the diversity of species, that people wanted to show it. It is not every day you get to see a lion without being eaten or a dolphin without diving into the ocean. Such myriad species just makes us wonder and thus we search to find such rare beauties. Our intention may be right but the way we present it; becomes controversial. From closed up spaces to bad conditions, wild animals are being locked up and used as an entertainment. I used to believe this was the only reason but zoo managers earn more profit using this cruelty, an example being – Sea World. And now there are yet many others who test animals solely for human benefit.
“Currently, 9 out of 10 experimental drugs fail in clinical studies because we cannot predict how they will behave in people based on laboratory and animal studies.” As a human, liberty is a choice, but why do cage that privilege for animals. Bringing up the excuse that you do it in the name of protection. If you have categorized protection to be conditioned, then I believe that this is not hope but merely injustice. About 1.4 million animals die per year due to animal testing. From horrific living conditions to manhandling, animals are victimized from birth. After being hit and flung, needles are being inflicted on various parts of the body, bleach is being sprayed in the eye and then finally being thrown back in a cage. The metal bars that its eyes are opened to, invoke a subjective yet minuscule of both space and time, thus fragmentize the world around it. Are such harsh treatments really needed to project knowledge; or if we have developed so much in different aspects of not only science but technology, could we not have thought of an alternative to test our medicines.
While animals are painfully being tortured for testing purposes, others use them for entertainment. Animals were created with a balance of both food and survival, just as we desire to be independent, animals have it within them to learn to live by themselves. When stating that ‘zoos and circuses are mainly build for the sole purpose of wanting to provide a home and to keep them protected’; I find it absurd that if we ourselves have labeled them wild, now we contradict it. Locked up bars are not its habitat, just as prison doors don’t make our home. “Between 2014 – 2016, 109 animals have died at a zoo in the Irish capital – including a significant number of critically endangered species that are extinct.” If this strikes you as a huge number, in highly economic countries like the USA where over 2,400 zoos have been established, America has only 50 states. Therefore, should there actually be 2,400 zoos in just US? I believe that animals are not placed in zoo with the intention of saving their species, but more likely to gain more profit from the captivity.
In 2000 the Secretary of WSPA was Australia’s own RSPCA chief, Dr. Hugh Wirth, distinguishes between two kinds of animal protection: animal rights and animal welfare. It has stated RSPCA news; animal rights do not accept that humans may use animals for their lone purpose. While many are reluctant to this idea, with the counter argument that animals can’t vote or do any humane things. But by implementing animal rights we could stop the cruelty that is being compelled onto animals; in other words, we could stop the extinction of animals.
Man’s association with animals is very common. Hence, it is meaningless to fully abandon zoos as there are a source of both entertainment and income to a country’s welfare, however the act of keeping a number of zoos in the world to a bare minimum is something humanity can achieve as a whole. So that the purpose of tourism can be fulfilled by keeping the number of zoos to a minimum shouldn’t be considered as a supposed goldilocks zone to balance between the inhume captivity of animals and our entertainment but is just an alternative to keep man’s inhumanity towards wild life to a minimum.
If students are taught to think critically about a math problem, why can’t they be given the freedom to conserve about the grandeur of biology? Why do we adjudicate their opinion by showing them a fragmentize world?