What is captive breeding? Captive breeding is a mode of breeding in which humans decide which animals will be parents and arrange reproduction for purposes that we define. Zoos have used it as a conservation strategy in the United States since the 1960’s, but it is also used to breed animals for food, produce pets for companionship, and create lab animals for research institutions (“Captive Breeding Success”). While some of our goals for breeding in captivity may be laudable, such as breeding animals for conservation purposes or producing pets that we will treat as members of the family, some of the methods employed in captive breeding are ethically questionable.
Mason N McLary
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