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The Future of Zoos

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Summary

  • Zoos have been a significant part of modern British culture since the 19th century.
  • Today our zoos have been legitimised and defended on the grounds of their positive contribution to four key areas– that of education, conservation, research, and most recently, public health
  • Despite positive improvements in the management of British zoos a re-examination of their practice, justifications, and modern alternatives provide strong grounds to discontinue their use
  • This examination rests centrally on the observance of a ‘Rights-Based Ethical Approach’ and is supported by a range of claims and counter claims on the historical, financial, political, social and scientific value of zoos and the animals they keep.
  • By the year 2030 it is suggested that all British zoos should be phased out and alternative avenues for education, conservation, research, leisure and health be explored and expanded

Information

Title The Future of Zoos – An Advocacy Projection for British Zoos in the year 2030
Author Balding, Kate
Module HPSC3051 Zoos in Science and Culture
Session 2016-2017
Level BSc year 3
Assignment Student complete a policy paper proposing an answer to the question: what should we do with zoos?
Credit author
Other information
Citation Balding, Kate. 2017. The Future of Zoos – An Advocacy Projection for British Zoos in the year 2030.
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