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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 3:00 pm 
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There has been some former employees of Marineland who have come forward to tell people of how some of the animals there have been treated. There have been pictures taken of seals with badly reddened eyes, walrus with scars and rashes on their bodies and a baby buluga whale being attacked and killed by two adult bulugas (see below).
Do we really need places like this where dolphins, whales , seals and walrus are kept in small aquariums for our amusement ? Do we need zoos where the animals are held in cages or small enclosures where they have no real freedom ? Do we really need to go to circuses where the animals are bullied into performing for we humans ?
About the only place up here I can say is even close to natural is African Wild Safari. But still the animals don't have real freedom. So why do we need these places ? With the internet nowadays we can view them in their natural state. Some may say it is because the children need to see and learn. Again this can be done via the internet (like almost everything else can be done via the internet).
I would like to hear some opinions on my questions if you would. And thank you.

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There has been some former employees of Marineland who have come forward to tell people of how some of the animals there have been treated. There have been pictures taken of seals with badly reddened eyes, walrus with scars and rashes on their bodies and a baby buluga whale being attacked and killed by two adult bulugas (see below).
Do we really need places like this where dolphins, whales , seals and walrus are kept in small aquariums for our amusement ? Do we need zoos where the animals are held in cages or small enclosures where they have no real freedom ? Do we really need to go to circuses where the animals are bullied into performing for we humans ?
About the only place up here I can say is even close to natural is African Wild Safari. But still the animals don't have real freedom. So why do we need these places ? With the internet nowadays we can view them in their natural state. Some may say it is because the children need to see and learn. Again this can be done via the internet (like almost everything else can be done via the internet).
I would like to hear some opinions on my questions if you would. And thank you.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/arti ... as-answers



Did you know that contagion & shredding of flesh happens to marine animals from Antarctica to the arctic ocean on a daily basis??? In fact marine land type of aquatic enclosures can offer medical attention & healing that can be found nowhere in the wild & thus the lifespan of such animals is greatly increased on average. In conjunction with those realities is the fact that an animal that was born in captivity never had to face the wild critters or contagion which would feed on them so we misapply human sense of freedom when we equate it to wild animals that would most likely have been lunch in infancy in the wild.

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I have seen tons of pictures of lions and tigers on the Internet, on TV, and in the movies. I have seen bobcat in the wild, but no cougar that I could say I really saw. None of these prepared me for seeing these cats up close and personal so to speak at a local tiger preserve. I have seen dolphin and whales traveling off the coast, as has my older son, but he says that seeing them up close while sea kayaking while on an Alaskan cruise was much different. I know seeing the Orcas at the various Sea World locations was an eye opener. Nothing electronic can replace the actual close encounter that allows the total perspective.

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I have seen tons of pictures of lions and tigers on the Internet, on TV, and in the movies. I have seen bobcat in the wild, but no cougar that I could say I really saw. None of these prepared me for seeing these cats up close and personal so to speak at a local tiger preserve. I have seen dolphin and whales traveling off the coast, as has my older son, but he says that seeing them up close while sea kayaking while on an Alaskan cruise was much different. I know seeing the Orcas at the various Sea World locations was an eye opener. Nothing electronic can replace the actual close encounter that allows the total perspective.




I agree with you that there is a different connect and both wild or sanctuary animals are good for humans to experience and it is noteworthy that even as we study animals in enclosures, they study us. Seeing wolves and cougars in wildlife parks and watching them studying us gives you a sense of our good fortune that we do have the ability of raising animals to see how important it is to be human & connect with nature. Many children who visit such parks go home and study about animals in the hopes of creating a continuing environment that keeps conservation & wildlife management as a priority in their lives. If we focus to much upon the negatives we will never value the importance of the positives from both wild or captive animals.

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