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Orcas in Captivity – 9 August 2007

“Dying for Your Entertainment: Cetacean Captivity Kills” by Regina Bergen in the July/August issue of The Animals Voice Magazine reveals the truth about the stress-filled, shortened lives of animals who are captured with extreme violence. The enormous losses of life of cetaceans being captured are considered “routine operating expenses” by this “entertainment” industry. Cetaceans include whales, porpoises, and dolphins.

The high death rates of these marine mammals, during and after capture, keep the wildlife trafficking industry in business as they replace dead animals who are considered simply “stock” at marine parks.

The painful truth is well-hidden from the public who are manipulated into believing that somehow these shows are “educational.” As long as families pay to see these captive animals, who are trained and controlled to the detriment of their natural behavior and who die many years earlier than what is normal, the industry’s profitable exploitation will continue. Enthusiastic, deceived children sporting T-shirts and other products advertising these marine parks and aquariums, which are really prisons, ensure the continuation of this cruelty.

Note: Regina Bergen is an intern for the New York Whale and Dolphin Action League: www.ny4whales.org
 


"Joyful Curmudgeon"
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