Captivity Underlying Entertainment
The term “captivity” includes so many examples such as pet shops and circuses. And at this point, I think, the existence and rise of animal trade and even the increasing number of lives that build upon other living things is the topic of another essay. This issue also involves the entertainment industry for sure. Even though I reckon that almost everyone is aware of the reality, I want to take the lid off the entertainment industry in order to talk about the facts, to raise just one more individual’s awareness and to prevent the given support to this situation.
The use of wild animals under the name of entertainment dates back to ancient times. Today, this situation which began with animals being obliged to fight in the arenas in Ancient Rome, still continues from zoos to aquariums with demonstration purposes.This misconception is caused by the fact that people were taken to the zoos from childhood; in fact, it was portrayed as good thing and even claimed as “engraining the love for animals”. Regardless of what animals experience in zoos, this time we are talking about some people taking pictures and watching animals. Although it seems that there is not any unethical situation mentioned, it is actually the opposite!
When considered, instead of a self functioning balance of nature that already exists, it cannot pursue a favorable purpose to create animal prisons and keep those animals in there. Contrary to the made-up defencessuch as “for their benefits”, I would like to remind that safety does not matter if there is no freedom. As it is known, in recent years, with the effort of animal activists, it has been revealed that unhealthy animals were left to death in those cages and then left to rot. I would also like to highlight that, in those places where it is better to call “animal prisons”, most animals have behavioral disorders and premature infant deathsare quite common. For instance, it has been claimed that there are at least 7500, at most 200000 redundant animals. Unfortunately, these healthy animals are killed by separating from their herds due to the increment of population and increasing fights among the herds. As you will recall, in February 2014, the murder of a giraffe called Marius in front of the eyes of children at the zoo in Copenhagen, Denmark horrified all of us. Right after this, at the Aalborg Zoo, another giraffe called Basse was exterminated and thenat the end of the March, four more lions were killed with a needle on the grounds that “a new male lion was bought in the zoo and started its own family”. In addition to all of these, it has been found out that animals in zoos are sold to circuses, hunting farms and research laboratories. This is because there is a connection between zoos and circuses. In 2009, a zoo in England was unveiled as a member of the animal trade. It has been also unrevealed that again another zoo in England, sold 3 tigers in 2009 and 2 lions in 2013 to circus tamers.
Finally, when circuses do not show the necessary patience, animal trainings result with inhumane treatments. Animals are either beaten or electrocuted to make them do the desired tricks, because as we know if animals cannot do those tricks, the circus cannot earn money. For this reason, this purpose becomes much more valuable to circus traders than the suffering of animals. Zoos are actually just commercial and inhumane. Our duty is not to support any kind of sector that uses animals and endeavour to reveal the facts if we realize a fact about this issue. It should not be forgotten that, unfortunately, we are the ones as “humans” who offer a world like hell to animals in every field.