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"Animals and birds are meant to be free and not confined to enclosed spaces." What is your opinion ?
 
On the surface, a kind observer would agree with the statement. Who, among us, would not want to enjoy the freedom and independence to move about? Why should we deprive animals and birds of this right too?

The author had kept some pet birds in the past. Gradually, he became fond of these kissing budgies. However, he realised that the creatures he loved had wings and were meant to fly and soar into the vast expanse of space. Just as he would be happy exploring the world and not be confined to a box, his pets were not meant to be imprisoned in a cage. If he loved them and wanted them to be happy, he had to release them. His heart was lighter after he set them free and he knew he done the right thing. He has not kept any birds ever since.

Recently, he also went on a trip to Pattaya in Thailand. While he was there, he saw a chained elephant pacing up and down dully and fretfully. It was sad to see such a magnificent, fully grown creature with its long beautiful white tusks in captivity. Though it was kept there after a walking trip with tourists, he really pitied it as it had lost its freedom and independence.

However, there are some instances when animals need to be kept in cages. We have to acknowledge that animals provide food. Animas are raised for their meat. As a source of protein and fat, they supply Man's nutritional needs. Not all men can be vegetarian. The breeding of cows in cowsheds for milk and fowl in cages is a necessary evil especially where increasingly, farming land is getter scarcer.

Again, some animals are kept as pets. Dogs may have their ancestry in the wild wolf, but they have been domesticated. Even the fierce Alsation police dog has lost much of its aggressive instincts. Pet animals like dogs, rabbits and cats and their progeny are used to a life under the care of their masters. In return for their companionship and affection, they lead a sheltered life with meals provided. In this case, the author does not see much cruelty for these animals to be kept in cages at times when their masters are not with them.

A recent article in the Straits Times touches on this topic stating that animal lovers and birdwatchers are always eager to jump on the ethics of confining birds in cages and breeding them for mass markets. It quoted Dr Quek, an animal expert and breeder, as saying, "It is true that wild birds should never be caged. But the birds bred by humans are a different matter." A tame parrot released into the wild would find it difficult to survive in a hostile environment. Scientists are constantly researching on ways to improve Man's health. Animals are quite akin to Man in their biological make-up. Therefore, rats, hamsters or frogs may be confined in containers for experiments. For this use, the author feels that it is a necessary evil.

Man has destroyed a great part of his environment like forests for his own use. In the process, some wild animals like lions, snakes and birds may have their environment threatened. They may find it hard to survive after losing their natural habitats. In these cases, the author feels that if a wild animal like a lion is left to roam and threaten mankind, it should be kept in zoos not only for public education but also for its own survival. Also, certain birds like the hornbill and animals like the polar bears are now propagating their own kind in animal enclosures. Left on their own, these species may become extinct under the predatory actions of poachers.

Summing up, I feel that wherever possible, living creatures should not be confined by Man but left to their freedom. The exceptions are the examples I have outlined.

     
deprive   rob
     
fretfully   irritably
     
progeny   offspring
 
 

 

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