Animal Captivity

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Sixty-six million years ago, scientists claimed that the earth had moved into its next geological era. The Cenozoic Era or otherwise known for by its popular name, The Age of Mammals is the current time period human beings have existed and still exist in today. The interesting aspect about the time period is that no other living organism on the planet has dominated the earth like humans. Having no major predators, far more intelligent brain and mobile skills, and the ability to communicate, educated, and invent the human race controls planet earth and all other species within it. Power and domination are a dangerous combination, especially when put into the hands of an intelligent species. I believe one of the most concerning aspects is that …show more content…
For some animals this requirement is achieved, however, for others a sustainable life in captivity is nearly impossible. Specifically, for marine mammals belonging to the cetacean family, which consists of dolphins and whales. Over the past couple decades, these creatures have become some of the most popular and desirable objects of display for aquariums and sea parks. Unfortunately, the life these animals experience in captivity is full of psychological torment. For example, orca whales, otherwise known for their common name as killer whales, have a devastating loss of life in captivity. Possessing one of the largest and most developed animal brain on the planet, second to only humans, they are extremely intelligent, sensitive, and social animals. In the wild, orcas form what are called pods. These pods are groups of families that travel, communicate, and hunt together. Orcas have the ability to form such strong bonds with one another that they usually remain with their young and pod members their entire lives. In Andrew Linzey’s The Global Guide to Animal Protection, he further explains the damaging effects of captivity on orcas, “The normal sex ratio, age makeup, number of animals per pod, and space they inhabit are vastly different from what they would experience in an ocean environment. Both wild-caught and captive cetaceans face numerous problems in captivity, including boredom, frustration, restriction of normal activities, and sensory deprivation. This severely restricted lifestyle can lead to psychological and social disturbances, including the development of stereotypic swimming patterns, aggressiveness towards other cetaceans and people, establishment of unnatural pecking orders, excessive masturbation, and a range of other aberrant behaviors” (Linzey 63). Although some argue animal institutions are helping rather

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