Writing Task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Some people think that the money spent on looking after animals in zoos or national parks would be better spent on improving the lives of the human population.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
In the light of Hegelian philosophy that “whatever is true is reasonable; whatever is reasonable is true”, I wouldn’t simply reject the notion that animals should be looked after in zoos or national parks, nor accept it as justified that money spent on animals should be, instead, spent on improving lives of human population, but I sincerely believe that this is a matter that needs careful examination of its initiatives and possible consequences before any decision can be made.
Human society, to begin with, had long established zoos or national parks for various reasons, some long before they were even called by the name “zoo”. However, zoos are mainly built and kept for two major purposes: public display and conservation of animals.
From a psychological perspective, human beings need entertainment, which helps them to either shift their focus and thus temporarily forget their worries or release the built-up energy of stress in a good laugh. A trip to the zoo might just do the work; at least it is more civilized to watch animals roam around and play than watching people fight for lives against ferocious beasts in Roman arena.
From an ecological perspective, the environment and the diverse life system it sustains are altogether a delicate equilibrium. Any slight change may wreak unexpected havoc on human lives. It must be, therefore, carefully tended, to which animal species (not just animals but all living things) are essential and must be conserved if we are to preserve the one and only earth for us and our offsprings.
Having inspected zoo and its purposes, it is therefore not hard to see that spending money on zoos or national parks for either entertaining purpose or species conservation is improving human lives if not maintaining the current level at least, and therefore must be commended. But any spending on zoos for other than the above mentioned purposes should be denounced as money squandered, and therefore must be stopped in time.