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Journal Writing Project: A caged life

By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Imagine if you were kept locked up in a cage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Imagine if your whole world was made up of fake grass and fake rocks within a certain radius. Now, I don’t know about you, but that is not a life I would want to live, so why give animals that life?

There are many things that people enjoy doing and things that we like to do for fun. Such as, going to the zoo. For us this is a wonderful time to see animals that we don’t get to see in our everyday lifestyle, but for animals it isn’t such a glamorous life. Person after person, picture after picture these animals are just hiding behind the cages. I’m not here to say that zoos are inhuman. I would just like to say that maybe there is a different way to view them!

The other day I saw a picture of a truck that acted as a cage and the back full of people and it drove through what looked like a big jungle checking out all of the zoo animals running free. Now to me, this seemed so much healthier for the animals to get to run wild and free while we check them out.

Don’t get me wrong, I love zoos and I love to go see the animals that otherwise I would never get to see in my lifetime. This is not about how well the animals are treated, but whether we have a right to confine them for our amusement. I feel that if people want to see animals they can visit them in their natural habitat in the wild or we should find a way to give them more space.

Animals can sometimes suffer anxiety from not being in their natural habitat and unfamiliar surroundings and restricted movements. Next time you are in a zoo please stop and think if you would like to live the life they do. If the answer is ‘no’, let’s change it!

Peyton Bergey is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

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