Unformatted text preview: n existed. Perhaps the positive plan and the extensive push for a better quality of life for the
animals will in return gain even more popularity among the public.
As hard as zoos and aquariums may try, there is the inevitable misuse of power among these
institutions. For example, the Idaho Aquarium in Boise was recently busted due to an importation of
illegal fish by two directors. When asked how the aquarium responded to the scandal and what had
been done with the fish, Mr. Hall responded:
The two directors involved were immediately terminated, and the Lemon Sharks were
confiscated by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. We view this as an educational opportunity for
the the public to see what can happen when fish are obtained without the correct permits. We
also use this opportunity to explain why we have certain acts in place to protect the animals - such as the Wildlife Protection Act, etc. (Hall)
Mr. Hall and the Idaho Aquarium never thought to cover up the tragic injustice towards the
animals;7 instead, they chose to take the unfortunate event and add a positive twist which in return
educated the public and reinforced the consequences. Upon further questioning, I asked Mr. Hall how
their institution in specific responded to the numerous complaints about keeping animals in captivity.
Calm and collectively, Mr. Hall explained that the number of animals in captivity is small, and unless one
is visiting indonesia or the southern part of the Pacific Ocean, these animals may never been seen by
those surrounding Boise. He continued to argue that the quality of life in aquariums is very high, and the
cost of keeping say a few sharks in captivity much less than the sixty to one-
hundred million sharks
captured and killed each year (Hall). So from an animal’s perspective, they may miss out on the wildlife
aspect, but are far safer in captivity. Furthermore, if not for these institutions, the population of not only Malloy 7
Boise, but the United States, may never have known about such wonderful creatures.
Zoos and aquariums are far from “internment camps” and should never thought to be designed
to torture animals or cause them stress. They were established to first and foremost protect endangered
animals or animals that were threatened. As zoology develops, researchers have been able to familiarize
themselves with the behavior patterns, instincts, health issues, and general needs of the animals. Through
study, it is valid to say that based on the animal’s longevity and quality of life, the detriments of removing
a wild animal from its natural habitat are outweighed by the benefits of protecting that animal in captivity.
This assertion falls under the reasoning for health and welfare, longevity and quality of life, and the
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