Caging animals , animal cruelty or justified ?

@ronnyb (6119)
Jamaica
February 4, 2009 11:07am CST
Imagine someone putting you on a wheel and telling you to run and you never seem to go anywhere, well that is how the hamster feels. Imagine again someone putting you in a cage and all they feed you is nuts , that is how the parrot feels ,no wonder the poor guy had to learn to speak ….he had to do something to amuse himself in that confined space Animals were meant to be free living in the wild ,hunting for their food so how is it that we have them in cages and feeding them. Some will make the argument that some of these animals are wild and it would be difficult to expose them to our children to them as is the case with Zoos. This is ,true but does that justify keeping them in cages ?Are they there for our amusement ? What do you think are the pros and cons for keeping animals in cages ?
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• India
4 Feb 09
I consider it as a cruelty and infringement in the rights of the animal. Animals are another living species just like man.. Simply because that we are humans,we have no right to dominate other species for our causes.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
4 Feb 09
i don't think it's a fair thing to do to animals. i know some people that need to be in cages tho. lol
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@ronnyb (6119)
• Jamaica
4 Feb 09
Wow Antique ,as usual you answers are so unique.
@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
5 Feb 09
thank you.
@tammytwo (4303)
• United States
4 Feb 09
I believe some animals become accustomed to their new lives and perhaps even enjoy them. However I believe animals may feel stress, just as humans do and this is what causes them to attack sometimes. If we are going to cage them and feed them to keep for our own entertainment I don't believe they should be put under a great amount of undue stress. These animals should also be loved and cared for greatly.
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@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
2 Apr 10
I actually don't like animals that are kept in cages. My brother has two parrots but he lets them out to fly around his home and they seem to enjoy it. I've only ever had dogs, cats and fish...none of them are caged (except the fish). I think as long as you let them out and give them lots of freedom in your home, it's not a bad thing but keeping them caged all the time is terrible. [b]**AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~[/b]
@KrauseHome (35507)
• United States
6 Feb 09
Well, if you are wanting to keep the animals in their own Wild habitats then there is no need for cages for Lions, Bears, Giraffes, Tigers, etc. and no water Ice cages for Penguins, and Polar Bears. Personally though I cannot imagine just letting all Animals go free crawling and flying around. Maybe it might seem cruel but some animals would not survive outside of cages as well.
@ulalume (714)
• United States
5 Feb 09
There are pros and cons, definitly. Is it cruelty? Yes and no. It blatantly takes these creatures away from their habitats (...everywhere) and holds them against their will. However, to say it is "cruel" is a little far fetched. Most pet owners do these things to give their pet a better life. At the most, it is unintentional cruelty (for most people, anyways). When you examine how animal rights organizations function, they never seem to take into account all animal types. Frequently I see people complaining about caging chickens and cows, yet caging cats and dogs is okay? When you consider the decent lives that these animals are allowed to live, despite a cage, it is kind of difficult to bash the owners. They are well fed, and generally have people around who love them and take care with them. The worst part of it all for me is taking animals away from others of their kind, as well as humans acting as if they are superior to these animals. Some of us don't, obviously. I like to think of myself in coexistance with animals. Having them as "pets" really only means I have found some form of "companionship" with said creature. I do not think a dog would go out of its way to get your attention or jump up on the couch to lay on top of you if it was unhappy. For a lot of animals, they are no more caged in then human beings in a society with rules and regulations. The strange reality is that animals whom become pets end up going up in the food chain and in status. Examine how deer are typically prey to hunters (among other animals). They are not (usually) kept as pets. Now, a pet dog inadvertantly gets the safety of its owner. It is definitly a give and take relationship, but it is usually fairly mutual (in that both the owner and the creature benefit). There is no doubt in my mind, though, that there are two sides here.
@maezee (34486)
• United States
5 Feb 09
I think zookeepers use this excuse to keep the animals caged: They are endangered species (or close to it), and being in a zoo protects them from poachers, and even "natural selection", or whatever Darwin's theory was. Zoos make me incredibly sad; I definitely can't enjoy the experience like most people. Maybe I'm bias - considering I'm vegetarian and have been for six years, but I feel like having animals constantly in zoos is sad, and takes them away from their natural habitat. It's more disgusting that there are people who are profitting off of this kind of thing! :(
@Astro30 (90)
• Indonesia
5 Feb 09
I don't agree with caging them. They can be placed at the wildlife concervacy. It's the best for them.
• Mauritius
5 Feb 09
Hi , keeping animals in cages are not justified AND its a crime committed by us, humans ! Animal are meant to be free just like us , and they must never be treated with cruelty. But we can also say that , if we keep an animals with us at home, we will try our best to keep them well , give them good food , medical care etc so in some case it is important . You mentioned hamsters before , so its better to keep an hamster in cages giving them good food, special care rather than leaving it in a forest so that it forms part in the food chain. It depends also on the person that keep the animal , the person must take good care of the animals and not vise versa. Let me tell you that i keep fishes , hamsters , dogs and birds at home, a zoo isnt it ? And let me tell you that i take good care of them and they are very happy staying with me....Take care
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
I guess, sometimes we need to put the animals in the cage, though i hate seeing them stay in a confined space.. i have a guinea pig and we bought her a nice cage.. she's one active pet and loves to bite things inside the house. to prevent her from ruining our things, we have decided to put her in a nice cage.. we always let her out to play with her toys so she won't feel bored and stressed at all.. we give her treats to make her feel loved and cared about..
• Brazil
5 Feb 09
And also imagine people putting products in you that hurt your skin or eyes to test first to see if other people can use them? This is how animals in laboratories feel. They get tested with medicin, make up and things that sometimes kill them for people to know if its safe for other people to use. You know this is ridiculous. How human being think they have the right to do things like that. It´s really being too selfish, egoist and really thinking they are God to treat animals like that.
@Theresaaiza (10484)
• Australia
5 Feb 09
As much as I hate seeing animals being caged or confined, there's really nothing in my power that I can do for the poor zoo animals. Maybe that's just how life goes. I'm a lover of freedom, so I don't want to see animals being changed. But in the case of some of our dogs, we need to keep them in chains because they are violent and may attack passersby which will really get us into big trouble. That's better than neglecting them like the street dogs. At least they are safe, well-fed and sheltered. My younger brother likes birds but I secretly set them free. Lol. At least birds have better surviving abilities in the wild than dogs.
• India
5 Feb 09
i feels like every time i turn around there is a new story about animal cruelty surfacing and each one seems more and more gruesome then the last. i don't know what to say .the fact is that gratuitous cruelty happens everyday not only against animals but against other human too. all we can do is keep speaking out against it and doing what we can in our lives to avoid to contributing to it.
@faith210 (11233)
• Philippines
5 Feb 09
Hi ronnyb! In my personal point of view, the cages don't benefit the animals at all. Maybe, if they are sick, we can put them temporarily in a cage so we can take care of them but when they are well enough, they should be freed. Other than that, there is nothing I know that can justify why we have to keep the animals in cages..they should be free in the wild. Just a thought! take care and have a great day! lovelots..faith
@HansonFan (1659)
• United States
5 Feb 09
Sometimes animals have to be in cages that are pets, but there are some things that I think should be allowed for them: Time out of the cage is the most! I have had rabbits and frequently took them out in the yard to let them run around (at least once a day unless the weather was bad). I had to babysit some Chinchillas and they had the run of the house a lot of the time because they were so adorable to watch. My grandmother has two birds and we let them fly around the house on occasion. The other thing is - different food. I would change their food every now and then so that they didn't get tired of the same old thing all the time. Frequent treats is something I always did as well. I believe the animals get used to it, especially if they were bred that way. I would never take a rabbit from the wild or a bird or something, thats pure cruelty. I just let them free to stretch their legs (or wings) every now and then.