Political Compromise

The Political Compromise Program’s Objective is to provide students a framework that requires cooperation and compromise within which to create a single policy based on a current state or national topic.

Discussion Question

Should Michigan abolish all zoos within the state borders?

Expectation: Develop one policy for Michigan to adopt as its policy regarding zoos.

Special Interest Groups:

  1. Humans Against Zoo Entrapment (HAZE)  Humans Against Zoo Entrapment (HAZE) seeks to abolish zoos across the state of Michigan.  HAZE believes that zoos violate the rights of animals in multiple ways, but most notably in their living conditions.  Zoos prevent animals from having the freedom that they would experience in the wild.  HAZE believes that something needs to be done to preserve species in a way that doesn’t involve the animal’s involuntary incarceration in plexiglas boxes and chain link fences.  HAZE advocates for habitat conservation and preservation so animals can live out their existence in a spacious natural environment as opposed to profiteering off of the torture of animals.
  2. Researchers Analyzing Biological Intelligence and Development (RABID):     Researchers Analyzing Biological Intelligence and Development (RABID) recognizes that zoos provide benefits to a society but do have some problems as well.  RABID believes that zoos provide great breeding programs and research opportunities for endangered species, but question if the methods simulate a real environment for study and the effects on certain species of higher intelligence.  RABID believes that zoos should establish breeding programs to reintroduce wildlife to their natural habitat, but understands the difficulties in doing so.  RABID sees be the positives and negatives of zoos within the state.
  3. People Advocating Species Survival (PASS):   People Advocating Species Survival (PASS) is fighting to keep zoos in the state of Michigan. PASS believes that zoos create the best environment for animals to live comfortably anywhere in the world. Zoos currently have zookeepers that specialize with certain animals, which helps prevent any side effects of living in the zoos. Another big reason PASS exists is the research that can be done with these animals. With these checks and balances, PASS believes that the zoo system should be kept in the state of Michigan.

A guide to Political Compromise

Political Compromise Program

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