TOEFL Essay Topic 153 - Do you agree or disagree with the following statement? A zoo has no useful purpose. Use specific reasons and examples to explain your answer.
Children like to go to the zoo on holidays. They find it interesting to watch monkeys or bears doing funny
Children like to go to the zoo on holidays. They find it interesting to watch monkeys or bears doing funny things. But how many adults go to the zoo not for children`s sake? I think few. Because we finally find that a zoo has no really useful purpose and it`s not a truly fun place for us.
When a person breaks the law, he will be thrown into prison. But the animals in the zoo have done nothing to deserve being locked in a small cage. No plants, no water, just brick walls and floors. Every animal is in the same environment and can do no other things except for wandering around in the little space. Do you think that`s what an animal should look like? And after visiting such a living place of animals as a zoo, no one would ever be left a nice impression of beauty and harmony of the nature that the zoo tries to demonstrate.
In addition, going to the zoo is not a good chance for educating children. Childrn see animals being tamed and locked, just for people to watch and have fun with. That will give the wrong impression to them that animals are ought to be like that. In such an artificial circumstance, they don`t realize that animals and people are friends and they are just as important in the ecological system as we are.
The last but not the least, animals in the zoo are often treated badly by the visitors. People like to feed them with whatever they bring with them: hamburgers, popcorns, or even paper. Animals are not able to distinguish which food is bad for them and thus they eat too much unfitable food. It is very harmful to their health.
So I don`t see any useful purpose to build up a zoo in a city just for people`s entertainment, but to sacrifice the animals` health and freedom. And it does no good to teach our children to have animals as our best friends.
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