Originally Posted by Colonel J
they have to spend all their days in the same place doing the same thing until they die from complications from the processed food they are fed and lack of exercise?
I believe there are sanctioned rules in place to prevent things like this from happening. Most zoos provide mentally and physically stimulating activities for animals to access their food [the same way they would need to in the wild] and must follow guidelines for pen-sizes and habitats for animals to allow for adequate exercise area.
I also believe a significant subset of zoo animals are rescued because of injuries, disabilities, etc. or bred in captivity, and thus would not survive in a natural setting.