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Are zoos ethical in the modern age?
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No, zoos are good

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Zoos provide research opportunities

Scientists are able to study and better understand animals and their natural environments.
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The Argument

Zoos are able to conduct research on their animals to gain more knowledge about a species. They can better understand their instincts and habitat in order to better care for and help them.[1] Most zoos are primarily focused on conducting research and educating others. For example, research opportunities at zoos allow college students to gain direct experience working with wild animals.[2] Thanks to advanced research, a zoo was able to breed the first Sumatran rhino in over 100 years.[3]

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Humans should not be conducting research on live animals. Despite learning more about a species and its environment, it is still unethical and cruel to the animal. Zoos should not be able to conduct research on animals against their will.


[P1] Zoos are useful for research. [P2] Most zoos are focused on researching and helping animals.

Rejecting the premises


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