The Cruelty of Zoos

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I’m sure that you have been to a zoo at some time in your life, and so have I. But has it ever occurred to you that zoos may actually be quite cruel to the animals living there? It has to me and by doing research, I now know why.
First of all, animals that are kept in zoos do not have proper habitats. No matter how large a habitat is, animals still do not have enough room to live the same life as they would in the wild, and they are forced to see the same surroundings every day, sometimes including a painted back round. Also, zoo habitats do not allow the animals to get enough exercise. For example, elephants in the wild travel for miles every day in herds of about 10. However, in their enclosures, they are not able to do so. As well as that, elephants are very social creatures, but in zoos elephants live in groups of about 2 or are even isolated.
Second, animals in zoos are very stressed. Not doing enough physical activity and not being socialized can make them this way. You will often see zoo animals pacing or biting themselves, which are signs that the animal is in stress. However, people have become so used to seeing how animals behave in zoos and do not notice.
Zoos also take away an animal’s chance to hunt. This is because zoo animals get regular feedings every day. This is another instance of zoo animals not being able to live as wild animals.
Last, zoos often have surplus animals. Surplus animals are animals that the zoo does not have enough room for, so they are either killed or returned to the wild, where chances of survival are slim. This means that when the cute cheetah kitten stops being cute, it can be kicked out of the zoo.
There are many other reasons of why zoos are cruel, but these are just a few. And you may want to research more articles about it, as there are others online.

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
*Stop going to zoos
If you wish to learn about wildlife, watch nature shows or read books, as at zoos you really don’t learn about the natural life of the creatures
*Educate others about the wrongness of zoos, and try to get others to stop supporting zoos as well. Consider telling people about this post
*If you really feel strongly about this, maybe start a protest, as it can go a long way

Affects of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

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Have you ever heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Well if not, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, otherwise known as the North Pacific Gyre, is a part of the northern Pacific Ocean about the size of Africa made up of trash. This collection of plastic, toxic waste, chemicals, and other trash is not only very hazardous to the marine life, but to us as well. But how?
MARINE LIFE: 1. long lasting plastics and toxic waste are ingested by marine life and their young making them very sick (2. Chemicals in trash pollute the ocean making water toxic (3. Plastic including that holding soda cans gets caught on marine life, like sea turtles, choking them (4. Plastic bags are mistaken for other animals and are eaten by some marine life, killing them (5. Much more
HUMANS: 1. Plastic including chemicals and toxic waste is consumed by fish. We then use these fish to eat meaning that we are also ingesting toxins (2. Trash from the ocean washes up on our beaches, polluting them

HOW YOU CAN HELP:
* participate in beach cleanups
this way trash on beaches won’t be brought back into the ocean
*reduce your plastic waste and other trash
use reusable bags at the store, make a compost pile, use reusable water bottles, etc.
There are many ways to reduce your amount of trash.
* don’t leave trash on the street
This trash can get into sewer drains and be washed away into the ocean

Why You Should Rescue a Dog Rather Than Buy One

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Have you ever adopted a dog from a shelter? If so, then you know that it is better to rescue a dog rather than buy one. There are way to many dogs in animal shelters these days. In fact, 6-8 million dogs are brought to a pound or rescue shelter each year in the U.S. alone. But why else should you adopt your furry friend?

First of all, you can save, and improve, the life of a dog. Of the 6-8 million dogs in shelters, 3-4 million will be euthanized. As for improving a life, you can give sweet dogs who have only known abuse and neglect a more comfortable life with lots of love; something that they never got before. Or you can give a surrendered dog a second chance.

Second, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores. Dogs raised in puppy mills live in very poor conditions, and parents are left in small cages to breed over and over again. This overbreeding can cause birth defects to the puppies. Also, when parents cannot breed anymore, they are either killed or abandoned. As for pet stores, they make sure that you never know where a puppy really came from. The truth is that most pet stores get their pups from puppy mills, meaning that the cute little poodle behind the glass could really be suffering from a serious birth defect.

Third, adopting a rescue is simply cheaper. You can get expensive breeds of dogs anywhere from $200-$700, depending on the breed, age, and costs to the shelter. For example, an English bulldog puppy is about $3000, while the same breed at a rescue is only $300-$700. And do not think that puppies are easier to train because they aren’t. Dogs at rescues are older so they have most likely already out grown their puppy habits.

Let’s recap; you should rescue a dog rather than buy one because you can save the life of a dog, you won’t be supporting puppy mills and pet stores, and it is simply cheaper.