Washington, DC—The tide is turning in the West for captive marine mammals, yet live capture operations, traveling dolphin shows, polluted sea pens and needless deaths of animals continue to mar the captivity industry around the globe, especially in Asia, according to a report co-produced by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and World Animal Protection (WAP). The fifth edition of “The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity,” released today at the ITB conference in Berlin, is meant to be a one-stop-shop for those who wish to learn why it is unacceptable to confine marine mammals for public display and entertainment. Citing robust scientific evidence and ethical arguments, the 156-page report delves into the behind-the-scenes realities of zoos, aquariums and marine theme parks that display these animals, which—despite the facilities’ assurances—do not provide essential or even accurate conservation or education resources. What’s more, marine mammals, with their aquatic ecology, suffer physical and mental health problems as a result of being confined in small enclosures. The lack of rigorous or extensive scientific assessment of captive marine mammal welfare at these operations is an issue of global concern. “Marine mammals simply cannot thrive in captivity,” said Dr. Naomi Rose, the report’s lead author and… Read full this story
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