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Essay Sample 6

Вербицкая М.В.

Вербицкая М.В.

Comment on the following statement:

    The life of animals in a zoo is safer and happier than in their natural habitat.

What is your opinion? Do you agree with this statement?
Write 200-250 words.
Use the following plan:
—    make an introduction (state the problem)
—    express your personal opinion and give 2-3 reasons for your opinion
—    express an opposing opinion and give 1-2 reasons for this opposing opinion
- explain why you don't agree with the opposing opinion
—    make a conclusion restating your position

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Some people say that animals’ lives in zoos are better than in their natural habitat whereas others say that zoos are a place of torture for animals.

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I think that it is definitely safer but not happier. First, predators usually hunt their prey in their natural environment but in zoos that’s taken away from them. Second, food is given to all animals regularly. If an animal gets sick a doctor will help it. As for the happiness it’s doubtful because of lack of freedom.

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There are also people who think that zoos are absolutely horrible places to be in. Animals feel bad there. They get sick and die more quickly. Some animals need a lot of space to live happily but in zoos they can’t have it. Hunting gives their lives meaning. It exercises brain and body but here they can not hunt.

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In my opinion a lot of things depend on the type of zoo. There are good zoos where animals get good care and treatment and there are terrible zoos where animals are treated horribly. But we are talking about zoos as a concept and I think that it’s not that bad.

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In conclusion I’d like to say that life of wild animals in zoos is way safer because they’re protected from their potential predators. But it’s also not happy because animals are not free and can’t fully follow their instincts as they would in the wild.


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