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Marine mammals in captivity. A few quotes from an article by The Humane Society of the United States.
While catching the mammals: "It violently disrupts social groups, splits up families, and snatches individual animals from the water; it is a completely unnatural event."
"The experience of being removed from water and restrained is apparently so stressful to dolphins that they never find it routine."
"In Canada, men actually jump on the backs of belugas in shallow water and "ride" them to exhaustion in a traumatic "rodeo." "
Captivity: " If sharks, habitat degradation, and starvation do not kill captive dolphins, what does?"
"dolphins, with their perpetual smiles, often do not exhibit recognizable symptoms of illness, such as lost appetite, until they are near death."
"We should recognize that teaching whales and dolphins to perform tricks does not showcase their abilities%u2014it exploits them."
"They are always aware, and always moving. Understanding this, it is difficult to imagine the tragedy of life in no more than a tiny swimming pool."
"they are forced into literally endless circles. Life for these animals is a mere shadow of what it was in the wild."
"It is easy to argue, however, that it isn't particularly educational to view belugas in indoor tanks that have little in common with the vast Arctic reaches of their natural habitat."
"the fact remains that although the box is definitely bigger and better designed, compared to the ocean and from the perspective of an intelligent mammal, it is still just a box. "
Release: "The dolphinaria industry strongly opposes this movement. Since several species of endangered wildlife have been successfully reintroduced to the wild, this opposition seems to arise more from economic than conservation concerns."
"As for claiming that releasing wildlife into degraded habitat is cruel, this is hardly a good conservation message. Many people might feel that saving the natural environment is hopeless or beside the point after hearing such a message. "
" They belong where they have lived for millennia, in the ocean, where their continued presence will motivate us to protect them."
"Marine mammals are best protected by cleaning up and protecting their natural environment, not by removing them from it."
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