A Zoo Can Be The Most Stressful Place On Earth For An Animal
Anti-captivity supporters got a boost to their passionate animal hearts last week with the brilliant news of SeaWorld in San Diego's breeding ban. What a win for orcas in captivity! Like orcas, it's time to look at the emotional lives of other various species that do simply not thrive in captivity.
"Zoochosis" is a short documentary that investigates how animals experience living in a stressful and unnatural environment, and how it affects their mental and natural life. Watch it here:
(WARNING: Contains scenes of natural predatory behavior.)
In captivity, animals may face a number of challenges that evolution has not prepared them for - and this disables the animal from fulfilling their behavioral needs. Their climate and diet, the size and characteristics of their enclosure, or the fact that they have to rely on humans for their every need can cause an animal to feel stressed and perform stereotypic behaviors. Repetitive, abnormal behavior is often regarded as an indicator of poor welfare, and is studied as a coping mechanism and measure of stress - which can potentially cause brain dysfunction.
So what do you think? Are there other animals like orcas, we simply cannot keep in captivity? Let us know in the comments below or by using #ZoochosisMovie.