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The Problem With Aquariums by NaturePunk The Problem With Aquariums by NaturePunk
I've always been a supporter of AZA-accredited zoos, but I draw the line when it comes to aquariums. Especially if those aquariums keep cetaceans such as whales, dolphins, or porpoises for show.

To put it bluntly, there is simply NO possible way to keep a happy dolphin in captivity. We've been trying to do so since the 1860s, with only minor advancements in recent years.

Thus far, absolutely no scientific evidence has shown that keeping such animals in captivity can contribute to conservation, firstly because they rarely breed in captivity, and secondly because captive-born whales and dolphins cannot be released into the wild.

Supporters still argue that we can learn a lot about wild dolphins by studying captive ones. But it's rare for captive dolphins to act in captivity as they would in the wild. This is because in the wild, many species of dolphin spend their entire day patrolling hundreds of miles of open ocean, interacting with entire family units and bonding by co-operative play and hunting behaviors. These behaviors are impossible to reproduce in captivity on account of one simple fact: We cannot re-create their natural habitats.

As a result of this, many whales and dolphins grow increasingly bored over time, and, like many zoo animals, will eventually take up repetitive habits known as stereotypes. Stereotyping among cetaceans differs from that of other zoo animals. While land animals like bears and big cats will pace, bob their heads, and gnaw incessantly to keep themselves from going insane, dolphins and whales have actually been known to resort to self-mutilation and even suicide.

Sea World and other 'show' parks claim that they keep their dolphins happy by teaching them to perform tricks for eager crowds. But the fact of the matter is, taking commands from hand signals several dozen times a week loses its appeal very quickly for these intelligent animals.

Unable to connect within their natural ocean habitats also makes social interactions between captive cetaceans tricky business. Physical interactions between captive whales and dolphins are rare, and the offspring usually die young. Those that survive have been known to develop odd physical traits such as bent dorsal fins as a direct result of growing up in inadequate conditions.

In conclusion, there is little (if any) justification for keeping such animals in captivity.
Please do these creatures a favor and REFUSE TO SUPPORT ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH KEEP THEM.

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DracoKX Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Ever heard of the Girl Who Talked To Dolphins? It's a real story, and yes, the dolphin did fall in love with the girl and do all those... things, but it's a story about (almost)correct human-animal relationship! Animals shouldn't be abused, but humanity needs to live too!
DracoKX Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I thought you were PETA or something, if you're not, then sorry.
BrittneyWest Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
I just read your statement/bio and am happy to see you do not buy from hunters. I do want to point out, however, that those that go on to buy your animal furs/hats/wall mounts, then do not know (say, in passing) what the source is--if it died a natural death or not. It promotes hunting and appears extremely disrespectful to WEAR or MOUNT an animal. That is not at all natural or a natural part of it's life--why try to beautify that falseness and why disrespect the animal even further to wear it and make it a commodity, to profit from it's death. You would not be letting it go to waste if you left it, honorably, as roadkill, as the carnivorous animals and worms and bugs eat off of this death. Too often we have blind consumers, wanting something solely for the aesthetic value--which, for some wearing animals or animal parts are somehow seen as fashionable--but it does promote speciesism, that humans are superior, we shall dominate and conquer whatever WE see fit. It promotes blind consumerism, and not everyone buying your products care about this--so I just ask that you be mindful of what you can be promoting without knowing or intending. I am not trying to attack YOU, but open minds about this industry and thinking alternatively to what society has been brainwashed into thinking is "beautiful", "valuable", "natural", etc. Thank you for listening.
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I am the industry. I literally know every part of it, inside and out. I used to be like you; I used to think that fur, no matter how it was obtained, was still "murder". I see differently now, and am enlightened by the fact that humans are a part of nature, and, there are many animals aside from humans who harvest and use the remains of others for their benefit. There is, in fact, nothing wrong with it outside of the Westernized assumption that death is, in all aspects, completely evil. I know that this is not the case because I see it with my own eyes on a daily basis. 
BrittneyWest Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014
How can you make and sell taxidermy animals to wear and display on a wall and say you are against zoos and aquariums? If you state you are opposed to it because of ethical reasons, that it is not fair for the animals, that it is an unhealthy and unhappy environment, how is wearing these animals--most often always hunted, a very unnatural death, mind you very unpleasant and unhappy death, how come this value is selective? It pains me to see this industry thriving off of unneccessary death and suffering. It is one thing if the animal died a natural death, but rarely is that the case, and if you are selling or wearing this animal that is said to have died a natural death, how would anyone else seeing it know it's "fair" source? Wouldn't it promote more killing? "I want that fox hat!", "I want that leather purse", and so on. In which then, more people want these things blindly, not knowing or caring it's source --natural death or not. It's supporting a very cruel industry and that's one thing I cannot accept--it's another thing to be a hypocrite, selective about what's cruel and what's not. There is also a huge difference between the animals suffering as slaves in an aquarium, or say within "research" studies from your business of supporting the murder of innocent animals, only to go on and disrespect them further by decorating yourself and others with this shameful, cruel, unnecessary "accessories". Never should animals be a commodity and certainly should never be disrespected and mounted on a wall or someone's mindless head. This is way too painful to see existing without truly questioning WHY we feel this is fair or beautiful. Beauty is real in it's natural state. Please consider this, or at least do not post hypocritical oppositions to just one more form of animal slavery.
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You have a lot more research to do before you can assume to know my morals and ethics. 
pineapplecatsaur Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Student Artist
after watching a show about killer whales trapped at show whales,it made me think of this picture

i seen many animals do tricks at seaworld when i was a little kid

but i never noticed if the animals were suffering
they looked fine and did the tricks greatly..
but were they even happy?

the show i watched was about a killer whale,kept in captivity
forced to do tricks
he became ill and went out of control some times,killing a few trainers
i never looked at sea world,or anything like that the same way
SilverBeastLaguz Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Whoa, I never knew aquariums can be this bad.  Poor dolphins and whales. I hope the pinniped animals, which are my favorite kind of animals, aren't suffering the same way. I'd be shocked and mad if I found out they have it bad, too.
dragonsong56 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
... Holy.... I never knew that could happen, That's... holy.... what... is there anything, ANYTHING I can do?!
NaturePunk Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The best thing you can do is avoid going to aquariums which keep cetaceans like dolphins and whales. If there is no demand for keeping the animals in captivity, there will be no reason to do so any longer.
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