Zoos and Animal Welfare

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Christine Van Tuyl
Greenhaven Press, Dec 7, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 112 pages
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Essays discuss zoos and the treatment of animals in captivity, covering the role of zoos in education and ensuring the survival of certain species, the problem of surplus animals, and how elephants react to captivity.

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The book is well put-together and offers many points and reasons, but the only two things I have against it are as follows: It only offers views from a standard societal viewpoint, opposed to a thorough scientific viewpoint including how advanced techniques will allow documentation as well as DNA samples to allow further storage and later viewing of the species, to allow, once developed, bio-mechanical engineering. The onther problem is the organization. It is written as a compare/contrast (pro for zoos, con for zoos) format. Nothing wrong with this, but I believe it should be laid out according to importance, i.e. Medical heath is more important than zoos vs. sanctuaries. Overall, good buy, very useful for essays and general topic info. My advice: Rent it from your local library. Thank you. 


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