Officials in Costa Rica are laying out a several year-long plan to close all of the country's zoos and release the animals into the wild.

Environmental Minister Rene Castro says that the country's new motto for animals will be "no cages." The zoos will be turned into botanical gardens, and the animals will be released into the wild or sent to a rescue sanctuary.

While their intentions are good, the execution of the plan may be a problem, according to CNN.

"If they close it down, none of the animals here could be released. Most have permanent injuries. Even though they have been treated, these injuries prevent them from flying or seeing well," said veterinarian Randall Arguedas. "Some have simply lost their natural instincts. In other words, they will always have to live in captivity."

What do you think? Is this a good idea?


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