Should Animals Be Kept In Captivity?

Should Animals Be Kept In Captivity?

The age-old question that people have been asking for years is: Are animals better off in captivity, or are we dooming them to a worse fate? Well, first off, it depends on the situation. For example, if an owl gets run over, it’ll need immediate attention. This is different with animals such as lions, tigers, and monkeys that are healthy and don’t need to be taken in.


These animals who are taken in are shipped off to zoos at a young age, trapped in steel cages and behind glass enclosures. According to, animals in long-term captivity usually cannot go back to their natural habitat for many reasons, such as the fact that since they haven’t been introduced to predators in captivity. In zoos, they don’t know how to hide from predators or fend for themselves since humans just leave them food.


This is teaching the animals that their food will be given to them by the humans instead of having to look or hunt for it in any way. They also have a shorter lifespan than they normally would, since the stress of not being in the place you are supposed to be can be taxing, mentally and physically. 


Captive animals seldom learn crucial survival skills and often are too habituated to human contact. Lacking a natural fear of humans, they are vulnerable to poachers and ill-equipped for life in the wild,” says, furthering the idea that animals are better off left alone than taken. Well, why does this happen? According to, this happens because animals just sit in their habitats for the pleasure of us humans, and nothing else. While zoos may be fun for us, and even inspiring for us humans, it is not good for the animals who may be poked and prodded, or given foods they will choke on.


Lots of people are asking, can we release animals who are only taken in for a few months or a year? Well, according to, if animals are injured by a poacher or another animal and are taken in at a fairly young age, they will be treated with medicine and other substances, and then sent on their way once they are fully healed, but injuries like a broken wing can make a long stay certain for the animal.  And while they are being treated, their hunting abilities may fade away, and they will never be able to live in the wild because of the danger, unfortunately.


So what actions can we take to stop animals from being kept in cages and even shipped off to another continent? Not going to zoos that mistreat the animals, but funding organizations that stop animal abuse,  domestic and wild, are two powerful actions that individuals can take.