This is a pretty controversial topic for me as I think all animals deserve freedom but then some don't have the intelligence to even understand what freedom is, however I believe for a FACT that our evolutionary cousins (Apes, Monkeys, etc), whales, and octopuses and any animal that shows clear levels of high intelligence (passing the mirror test, solving problems, showing clear emotion to being captive) SHOULD NOT BE HELD CAPTIVE. I think this is honestly a form of slavery to animals, if you've watched Blackfish you see how Orcas truly feel about being kept in a tank that is not even 1% of the amount of room they have to swim in the wild, they also get aggrevated daily by annoying kids and humans making an abundance of noise.
So back to my main question, or lets shorten it - Do you think animals that show high levels of intelligence should be held captive? We're talking about whales, ravens, etc. I believe the only exception to the rule is when an animal is endangered, then we have the right to keep the captive for the greater good of preserving their species.
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Typically animals in captivity live much longer than wild ones. Even then.. if you free intelligent ones then you have to free all. Intelligent or not. What if only slaves who could read were set free and the others kept because they don't understand?0