How would you like the idea of being captive in the cage and having thousands of people looking at you everyday for their pleasure? None of us would like things like that. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, we humans are e quarantined in our homes. Anger, depression, irritation are the most common emotions we are dealing with right how. Now can you even imagine the lives of animals who have been kept in isolation in their entire lives?
Earth, a popular nature activist account, had shared a series on photos that show how animals actually feel when they are kept in a zoo. The caption says, "As COVID-19 had forced the world to quarentine, we've felt the effects of isolation, depression, anxiety, loneliness. Animals experience these same emotions. As humans, we tend to lack empathy for others until we've experienced their circumstances. But now we've felt the suffering of captivity. Let's extend empathy towards the other living beings that we share this planet with. Millions of animals have been isolated in their entire lives. In isolation, these animals exhibit behaviour including self-harm. Mental health is not a uniquely human trait.This is not normal. So, the question arises- Are you tired of isolation? No living being should live in captivity. "We are guests, but not masters of this planet." Zoos are meant to entertain and educate the public. But it is important to say that animals have their right not to live in captivity and enjoy wildness. Captive animals can suffer from 'Zoochosis' extreme physical and mental frustration caused by time in captivity. Some zoo animals become aggressive and can lash out at other animals or zookeepers. Some people say, wild animals die prematurely in zoos. Some animals are in aquari ums, circuses, theme parks and zoos, while others live caged at private homes. But this causes animals more harm than good. The animals feel insecure and dejected when they are secluded from their family and natural life. Animals in zoos are caged for life and deprived of the opportunity to develop and fulfill the full range of their interests and needs. They lose control over their lives and the environ ment they live in. If we give an animal all the good things they would have in the wild and take away that stresses, they can live happily just in an enclosure. But this leaves everyone in a thinking spot and also triggers the question, "Are animals supposed to be in cages?"