"Putting wild animals in cages or enclosures robs them of their most natural behaviors and daily stimulation that they need to live an enriched life," says Hay.
Animals in captivity, the mentally ill and prisoners are the only documented cases of stereotypic behavior, which is an unnatural repetitive behavior that develops as a way to cope with continued stressful situations.
"That tiger pacing up and down, or that elephant swaying its head is not a normal behavior," explains Hay. "We don't have to learn about the deep oceans or the stars by seeing them up close, so why do we feel that we need to learn about wild animals by seeing them locked in cages?"
Walking with lions helps them get ready for a life in the wild
Lions and other predators will never be released into the wild if they are constantly exposed to humans and are used in "walk with lion" programs. These animals do not fear humans and see humans as food sources, so these animals would never survive in the wild, and their attempts to seek out humans in the wild would not be tolerated.
Elephants are trained with apples and love
Elephants are naturally strong animals that test their dominance and ranking by using their strength. Elephants will never willingly accept a saddle and riders. In order to force elephants to accept riders and submission these animals are chained, beaten and abused. The NSPCA has extensive evidence of this as highlighted in the Tuli Elephant and Elephants of Eden abuse scandal and cruelty cases.