The Ethical Treatment Of Zoos, Aquariums, And Parks Essay

1486 Words Mar 23rd, 2016 6 Pages
On February 21, 1991 Tilikum, a killer whale, committed his first murder while in captivity. Today Tilikum is still performing. He was caught in November of 1983, at only two years old he was thirteen feet long. Held captive all he could do was swim in small circles and float aimlessly on the surface of the water, far away from the ocean where he had swum a hundred miles a day alongside his family. Food was withheld from him as a training technique, and he regularly endured painful attacks by two dominant female orcas. He was forced to perform every hour, eight times a day, seven days a week, and the constant stress and exhaustion gave him stomach ulcers. Like many animals held in captivity, Tilikum has no control over his life and the added stress can cause these animals to lash out, like Tilikum did in February 1991. Captivity and the way animals are treated while in captivity raises moral questions about the ethical treatment of animals in zoos, aquariums, and parks.
One might think that zoos, aquariums, and marine parks, are safe havens for animals, but there is proof that they are actually the complete opposite. Whales, for example, suffer tremendously from being in captivity; they are cramped, bored, and lonely. Captivity is exceedingly different from their natural homes, Lisa Halverstadt an author for Voice of San Diego states that while in captivity “animals are often prevented from doing most of the things that are natural and important to them” (Halverstadt) like:…

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