There are many groups such as PETA that fight animal cruelty, but few address the issues surrounding animal captivity. Supporters of zoos claim that giving animals food, shelter, and protection from predators and hunters is a fair exchange for enclosing them in areas with no hope of “living free.”
For many animals, such as the lion above, this just isn’t the case.
Their instincts tell them to live wild. They want to hunt, to mingle with other animals, to travel in their native lands and be animals. In zoos, many of these creatures have been forced to deny their instincts and change the way they live. It may not be cruelty to animals the way most define, but it’s far from an ideal existence.