SAMPLE ESSAY FOR RECENT QUESTION: ZOO ARE CRUEL

This is a recent question for IELTS Writing Task 2 in Vietnam (test date 08/10/2019)

Some people think that zoos are cruel and should be closed down. Others however believe that zoos can be useful in protecting wild animals. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

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Some people think that zoos are cruel and should be closed down. Others however believe that zoos can be useful in protecting wild animals. Discuss both opinions and give your own opinion.

Although many people think that zoos should be closed as it is cruel to keep animals in zoos, I think that zoos play a key role in wildlife protection.

First, it is believed that keeping wild animals in captivity might deprive them of their freedom. Wild animals are caged in a limited space and fed by humans while they long for a natural way of life. Therefore, many of them might suffer from boredom and confinement. Second, many governments might see zoos as an opportunity to make money. For example, many wild animals are exhibited and perform to entertain and attract visitors to the zoo. Many people claim that we have no right to use animals for entertainment and profit, so they think that zoos should be closed down.

However, those who are against zoos might ignore the important role of zoos in protecting wild animals. In fact, most of the animals kept in zoos are endangered as they are unable to survive or experience difficulty finding mates and reproducing in the wild. Zoos are the only safe environment to protect them from poachers, predators, or help them breeding. Furthermore, these animals are saved by scientists working at zoos to study closely animals and their behaviour to help with environmental protection. As this type of research is often carried out away from the public, many people might not realise the useful purpose of zoos in wildlife protection.

In conclusion, the view that zoos keep wild animals in a cruel way is reinforced with a lack of awareness about the role of zoos in protecting the habitat. I think that zoos should allow people to view what they are doing in wildlife protection to gain appreciation from the public.

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Vietnamese translated version

Useful Vocabulary for Topic “Zoo and Animals”

Từ vựng chủ đề Zoo và Animals

  • to keep animals in zoos: giữ động vật trong sở thú
  • protect wild animals = wildlife protection: bảo vệ động vật hoang dã
  • To keep wild animals in captivity : giữ động vật trong sở thú, trong lồng
  • deprive them of their freedom: cướp mất tự do
  • Cage: (verb) giam giữ
  • long for a natural way of life: mong chờ, mong muốn cuộc sống tự nhiên
  • Exhibit animals: trưng bày động vật
  • Endangered: nguy cơ tuyệt chủng, đáng báo động
  • Survive: Tồn tại
  • finding mates and reproducing: tìm bạn tình và sinh sản
  • in the wild: trong tự nhiên, trong đời sống hoang dã
  • Poachers: kẻ săn thú
  • Predators: thú săn mồi
  • Breeding: sinh sản
  • environmental protection: bảo vệ môi trường
  • the habitat: hệ sinh thái