Are Zoos and Aquariums dangerous?

Lacie Coleman, Podcast, photography

     What is a zoo? What is an aquarium? Both of these places, intended for the display of wildlife, should never have started. These places create dangerous environments that stress out the humans watching and the animals caged away like mental patients. Businesses like these often only have one goal in mind: profit. They have no regard or concern for the animals they have caged or the people they have put in dangerous situations.

     Captive animals are much more likely to be dangerous than those free. The article, “What Are The Dangers of Captive Animals” by Laura Agadoni states that “it’s not good for animals to be put in unnatural settings,” as they may “become aggressive” and “attack without warning. At Seaworld in February of 2010, a killer whale attacked and killed its handler, Dawn Brancheau, by dragging her underwater where she could not breathe. Tilikum had been problematic in the past but did not exhibit any disdain toward Brancheau beforehand. Brancheau was a trainer for 15 years prior, implying that even the most experienced animal handlers cannot handle wild animals without being in immense danger.

    Another incident occurred in front of an innocent young audience. In 1999, lion trainer Dave Salmoni was attacked when the lion he was training in front of school children tore some muscles from his arm. The 500-pound African male lion was named Bongo, whom Salmoni believed “loved” him. Wild animals in captivity is never a good idea, no matter the relationship that is “believed” to be had.