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The debate over zoos is presented in 12 distinctive articles-six for and six against-with the purpose of helping readers make up their minds on the subject. The essays look at whether animals suffer in captivity, whether elephants are better off in zoos or in sanctuaries, whether surplus animals are a problem, and whether or not zoos play a positive role in education. There are no winners or losers here, because strong arguments are supplied on both sides, yet the introduction, which briefly summarizes zoo history and current practices, leans to the side in favor of zoos by virtue of the amount of space it devotes to the argument and the verbiage selected. Detractors are said to make "claims," while supporters make "arguments," a subtle, yet effective way to sway students. These articles themselves are well presented with a brief descriptive blurb and follow back to back, pro and con. The views of Captive Animals' Protection Society, In Defense of Animals, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are represented, along with those of some independent experts. Attractive photography, cartoons, charts, and graphs support the text, although there is some wasted dead-white space. A "What You Should Do About Zoos and Animal Welfare" section is appended. Students will get a good start on their research projects using this title, and, if their mission is to take action, the final section is a solid guide.-Nancy Call, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, Aptos, CA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737738186
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/7/2007
  • Series: Issues That Concern You Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 13 - 16 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Introduction     7
Animals Suffer in Captivity$dThe Captive Animals' Protection Society     12
Animals Do Not Suffer in Captivity$dThe Philadelphia Zoo     18
Elephants Do Not Belong in Zoos$dIn Defense of Animals     24
Elephants Are Thriving in Zoos$dThe Association of Zoos and Aquariums     29
Elephants Are Better Off in Sanctuaries$dThe Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee     34
Elephants Are Not Necessarily Better Off in Sanctuaries   Michael Hutchins   William Conway     39
Surplus Animals Are a Big Problem$dPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals     46
Surplus Animals Are Being Dealt With   Jesse Donahue   Erik Trump     51
Zoos Play a Key Role in Education$dThe Wildlife Conservation Society     58
Zoos Do Not Play a Key Role in Education   Dale Jamieson     63
Captive Breeding Programs Contribute to Conservation$dThe Association of Zoos and Aquariums     69
Captive Breeding Programs Are a Failure$dAnimal Rights Malta     75
Zoos Have a Bright Future   Jeffrey P. Bonner     80
Zoos Should Be Abolished$dMercy for Animals     87
Appendix
What You Should Know About Zoos and Animal Welfare     93
What You Should Do About Zoos and Animal Welfare     96
Organizations to Contact     101
Bibliography     105
Index     108
Picture Credits     112
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