For children, marine parks represent a lot of different things. They are magical kingdoms where animals live, they are a fun place for a day out with family, and they are where the 2-D animals from books and movies come to life. For captive marine animals, these parks are somewhat different. They are prisons, torture chambers, and an overall depressing place to live.

Sadly, many times people don’t even know that they are contributing to cruelty with their ticket purchase. This is because marine parks, just like circuses and zoos, claim that keeping animals in their possession is for “conservation purposes.” The way these parks treat animals, however, doesn’t better their well-being in the slightest. Not only is it psychologically scarring for these animals to be confined to a pool that is nowhere close to the vast ocean they would have in the wild, but these animals are often mistreated and neglected.

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You can clearly see in the video above that Marineland Canada’s 13-year-old walrus, Zeus, for example, is emaciated and weak. His skin drapes over his bones, he has no muscle tone or blubber, and his lack of energy and attention cannot be argued. As relayed by one of Marineland’s former employees, Canada’s animal cruelty inspection organization refuses to do anything about Zeus. And so, all we can do besides boycott the park is raise awareness about Zeus (like sharing this article) and let Marineland know that we are not okay with this treatment! It’s time to #EmptyTheTanks!

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