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At the end of November 2012, an aquarium claimed to be the biggest in the world opened in Singapore. Although it could offer unparalleled research and educational opportunities, the entire project has been marred by the decision to catch a pod of 25 wild dolphins for exhibition in the aquarium.
Dolphins suffer in captivity. Even the largest and best run facilities are not oceans and do not allow natural behaviour. There is little educational benefit to exhibiting cetaceans of any sort – they are there for entertainment and nothing else.
A brand new and enormous aquarium could be an amazing attraction for Singapore. Including dolphins makes it little more than a modern day circus.
Tell the aquarium to arrange the release of the dolphins it already has and to not consider acquiring any more.
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