There Should Be A Ban On All Amusement Parks That Imprison & Exploit Marine Mammals Cheap
A Brief Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted March 18th, 2016 on Niagara At Large
This March 17th, a number of major media outlets in Canada and the United States reported a decision by SeaWorld to finally place a ban on breeding captive orcas (popularly known as killer whales) and on making them perform tricks for its park visitors as if it was a major victory in the ongoing war against animal abuse.
It is not.
As Julie Woodyer of ZooCheck Canada, an organization that has worked with other animal advocacy groups for decades to end the abuse of these magnificent animals, told me in a phone conversation about the SeaWorld ban this March 17th, orcas are not the only marine mammals parks like SeaWorld and Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario are exploiting.
There are dolphins, sea lions and one of the more recent favourites for the owners and operators of these amusement parks – beluga whales. And why, said Woodyer, should they be less subject to bans on their exploitation than orcas?
At the end of the day, it is the countless thousands of people that continue paying money to go to these parks that are allowing this form of animal exploitation to continue. It is they who should finally say; ‘No, I won’t go and I won’t take children there. These magnificent animals belong in their natural ocean habitats – not in an oversized tub of chlorinated water.
At the end of the day, we have to take the responsibility and blame, through the choices we make to support or not to support this kind of expertise with our money.
If we stop supporting this kind of exploitation of these wonderful animals, it won’t matter how lousy the new legislation Ontario’s government introduced at the end of this year for regulating parks with marine mammals.
The exploitation will end and we won’t need the government’s rules, however weak or strong.
Read ZooCheck’s analysis of Ontario’s “wishy-washy” captive marine mammal regulations by clicking – https://www.zoocheck.com/ontarios-wishy-washy-captive-marine-mammal-regulations-not-worth-the-wait/ .
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