|THE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH MARINE MAMMALS IN CAPTIVITY|
|Marine mammal exhibitions, such as “swim with the dolphin” programs, petting zoos and entertainment performances are becoming more and more popular, especially in tourist meccas such as Florida and the Caribbean. Most of these exhibition facilities claim that their purpose is to protect marine mammals while educating the public; however, these facilities are more interested in the profits that can be generated from these entertainment venues than in the conservation of marine mammals.
Most of the marine mammals used in entertainment exhibitions were wild animals captured from the ocean. The capture methods used are often very traumatic both physically and emotionally for the animals, and many are injured or killed in the process. Nonetheless, these animals continue to be cruelly captured for the mere purpose of human entertainment.
Once the animals are captured, they are placed in restrictive tanks, which prohibit them from traveling the great distances they’re used to traveling in the ocean. They are often forced to interact too closely with humans, which poses the threats of disease and illness from ingesting foreign objects. Marine mammals become dependent upon humans for food, which diminishes their natural ability to forage, making it difficult for the animals to be released back into their natural habitat. The isolation and restrictions of captivity also cause stress in marine mammals, especially dolphins, which are very social animals and at least as cognitively advanced as primates and toddlers. Furthermore, the stresses of captivity frequently lead to aggressive behavior, towards other marine mammals and humans.
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