Wednesday, October 10, 2012
In Taiji this week
The waters of the cove remained blue all week with no killing. That's the good news.
The bad news...
Yesterday a buyer from Aspro International, one of the largest operators of Marine parks in Europe purchased 6 bottle-nosed dolphins captured in Taiji 3 weeks ago. The dolphins were loaded into airline transfer containers likely to end up in marine parks in Europe.
Aspro International operates 41 leisure and entertainment parks in Europe. Over half of these are thought to be marine parks.
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A couple weeks ago I talked about the controversy with the 18 beluga whales in Russia that were scheduled to be transported to various marine parks. If you missed that post, you can find it here
This continues to be a huge issue gaining continued attention in the past weeks.
These 18 belugas are currently being held in holding pens in the Black Sea.
There are approximately 150,000 beluga whales in the wild, considered nearly threatened. There are 31 kept in captivity, down from 40 in the 90s. After 50 years of holding belugas captive, breeding has been unsustainable.
It has been proven that the lifespan of bottle-nosed dolphins and orcas held in captivity is shorter than that of the wild. With no predators, pollution or hunters, over half of belugas held in captivity die by the time they are 8 years old, less than half of their life expectancy. Stress and unhappiness is thought to be the contributing factors to their short lifespans.
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Why do I go on about this every week? While it is an awesome experience to see these whales and dolphins close up, it is torture for these creatures. Their intelligence is close to that of humans and they are kept in tanks smaller than the average living room for a human if done by scale.
Prison inmates have opportunities to leave their cells throughout the day. Imagine living in a prison cell and never being able to leave...now imagine your innocent and living that way.
Or think of it this way, imagine your dog, a highly intelligent, social animal, being locked in a bathroom all day, every day. They are "walked" in a small circle of the room for exercise and forced to do tricks for food.
Would that stress you out?
These parks claim that this is for research, but how can you research such an unnatural situation? Really?