Say No to Whale Sharks in Captivity

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Originally Posted: 28 March 2009

Say No to Whale Sharks in Captivity

From Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sign this online petition to demand that Resorts World at Sentosa stops their plans to hold whale sharks captive.

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Whale Shark

Singapore's proposed casino resort, Resorts World at Sentosa, wants to capture whale sharks from the wild for its aquarium attraction. Whale sharks are vulnerable to extinction and often die in captivity. They can grow up to 15 meters in length, dive up to 980 meters in depth, and migrate thousands of kilometers in the wild. No man-made environment can adequately cater to their needs. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and PETA have joined forces with local Singaporean organizations to launch a public awareness campaign against the importation of whale sharks into Singapore.

Resorts World at Sentosa wants to import whale sharks for the attraction and entertainment of visitors. Whale sharks are vulnerable to extinction and have never done well in captivity. They can grow as large as two city buses, migrate thousands of kilometers in the wild, and live up to a hundred years. It is just plain cruel to keep them in glass cages.

Whale sharks have never fared well in captivity. Two whale sharks died within five months of each other at the Georgia Aquarium.

Write to the Minister of National Development, the Singapore Tourism Board and Resorts World at Sentosa before this tragedy happens on our shores.


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