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Animal Adventure Park

Tara Moske, Arts and Entertainment Editor

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The subject of animals in captivity, as in zoos, is very controversial. Recently, the live-streaming of a birth of a giraffe at Animal Adventure Park in New York has brought this issue into the spotlight once again. When animals are held in captivity and exhibit certain symptoms not normal to their species, they have what scientists call zoochosis. Captive animals with zoochosis do things such as pacing, self-mutilation, and excessive chewing or biting. Some animals suffering from this might become a danger to themselves as well as other animals or humans around them. People engaged in a fight to end animal cruelty are pointing to the exhibition of animals as an evil that must be stopped. Animal endangerment through captivity has been going on for centuries, but now social media is exposing some of its dangers and is causing more people to see the harm in taking wild animals out of their natural habitats.

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