The importance of zoos

The zoo is a place where families and friends alike can travel to see their favorite animals up close. Some may argue that zoos are bad and promote the imprisonment of animals for entertainment. Although these creatures are locked inside and do serve the purpose of entertainment, the bigger picture is to educate, conserve, and research.  Zoos have been viewed as bad because of videos shared on social media, as well as personal ideologies about the cruelty of holding animals in captivity. Although these may paint a bad picture of zoos, behind those unsettling videos of animal treatment is the true purpose of these places.

Personally I feel that false labels of a zoo being “bad” or a “prison” are not accurate at all. Zoos have leaned away from the reputation of the past. The purpose of a zoo is not merely all entertainment. Zoos have evolved to focus on teaching the individual about the importance of caring for these animals. Sure, individuals can still go to the zoo and be entertained by the shows put on by the zoo keepers and the select animals. But during those shows the zoo keeper is educating the audience about the animal being put on display. And sure, the animals are locked up in habitats, but in a prison setting those in charge  do not care about what the inmate does. While in a zoo setting, the keepers are employed because they care for the animals and want to help them. An individual can not judge hundreds of zoos just because he or she saw a video on social media of one isolated incident.

At a zoo, most likely, there will be tests performed to further enhance the knowledge of the workers about the animals in the proximity. These tests have a specific purpose behind them. The tests could include ones that will help the worker better understand the behavior of the animals, help enhance the knowledge of nutrition and medicine, and get one step closer to conserving these animals.  In addition, there are breeding programs to help keep the population of certain species from dwindling to lower rates than what they already are. So how can something like that be labeled “bad” or a “prison?”

In all honesty, a zoo cannot be labeled as these negative things. I could understand if the workers did not care or the zoo did not try to help conserve these animals, or even educate these individuals about these animals and why it is important to care for them. It just doesn’t make sense to me.

Student Council Food Drive

The Student Council sponsored a food drive for Clarksville Cares and other food banks in the area. They collected canned foods and non-perishable items such as granola bars, macaroni cups, pop tarts and ramen noodles. The drive started on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and ended Friday, Dec. 8.

Student Council was concerned about the well being of the members in the Clarksville community. Student Council President, sophomore Emily Curd was in charge of the discussion. “After talking with the other members of the Student Council, we all came to a consensus that the food drive would be the best thing to do. We wanted to do this because we thought it would be the easiest way to help members of our community in the ways they needed.”

For the meaningful purpose to help those in need of the supplies. The CCR who donated the most won pizza party to happen in the near future. The pizza party will be paid for by Student Council.  The winning CCR was science teacher Missy Esarey’s class. They collected over 300 items to be donated.