The tides are turning as more and more people are becoming aware of the devastating effects that captivity poses on marine animals. With eye-opening documentaries, like “Blackfish,” and the subsequent spread of outrage by organizations, nonprofits, and individuals alike, the public is becoming educated on marine “shows” — and they are saying “No” to them!
Eighty-six percent of British tourists are saying no to captive marine animal shows, according to a recent survey, started on behalf of responsibletravel.com and the Born Free Foundation, an animal advocacy organization.
“Are the days of the dolphinarium over? It seems clear that when presented with the information on which to make an informed decision, British travellers have had enough,” said Will Travers OBE, President of the Born Free Foundation.
That’s great news! That means, the majority of Brits are not considering marine shows as part of their summer vacation must-dos, which means less support for marine amusement parks like SeaWorld.
It’s important to note that the U.K. has already banned captive dolphins, too — so what’s stopping the U.S. from following this example? Nothing! “It is time to bring the curtain down on the exploitation of whales and dolphins in captivity – just like the exploitation of wild animals in traveling circuses,” said Travers.
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