By Mariah Foreman, Sam Gouldthorpe, Brittnee McHenry, and Sophie Squire
The issues on animal welfare and how we should preserve animals has long been very prevalent topic in society. A species natural rights are based on how they would live in their natural and un-altered habitat, with freedom and little affiliation with humans. There are many ways that international governments proclaim they preserve animals including placing them in national parks, zoos and other means of entertainment, passing laws, sanctuaries, and many more. However, there are many controversial opinions on this topic.
There are many organizations and campaigns (such as PETA) who are fully against the idea of holding animals captive for entertainment purposes because it denies animals of their natural rights and instead believe that Governments should begin working to restore natural habitats. On the other hand, some organizations believe that zoos and other entertainment purposes are beneficial to the preservation and welfare of animals. These organizations (such as the Association of Zoos and Aquariums) consider zoos and aquariums to be crucial in the preservation and restoration of species because zoos and aquariums provide veterinary care and a place for species to survive.
Other people and organizations who oppose animals being used for entertainment purposes believe that a beneficial alternative are allowing animals to live freely in national parks. These organizations (such as the U.S. National Park Service) believe that national parks are advantageous by protecting species natural rights and freedoms.
Outside of entertainment purposes, the Endangered Species Act, passed by Richard Nixon in 1973 was made in order to protect and restore endangered species and their habitats. However, Americans have many different viewpoints of this act. Of which, this act is opposed by many large energy companies (such as Chevron) because they perceive this act to be invasive of their rights as big companies to grow in environments affected by the ESA.
The narratives that will be included in our topic will be the opposition to zoos, opposition to the Endangered Species Act, and in favor of the use of national parks. Our narratives will display and analyze the varying views, actions, and data on how animals should be preserved.