Wednesday, 4 June 2014

50% of US public is opposed to captive orcas in dolphinariums

Just one fifth of Americans are in favour of keeping orcas in captivity for public display and entertainment (a drop of five per cent since the 2012 poll) while the majority (50 per cent) oppose the practice, a recent poll shows. This is an 11 per cent increase in those against keeping orcas captive in just two years.

The poll was carried out by The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC).

“The tide of public opinion is clearly turning against deliberately confining these magnificent animals for human entertainment,” says Dr Naomi Rose, AWI marine mammal scientist. “Having studied these intelligent, wide-ranging, socially complex animals in the wild, I have long known that their welfare cannot be adequately protected when confined for a lifetime in small, shallow tanks. Thankfully, an increasing percentage of the American public is recognizing this, as well.”

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