Marine park shows include marine mammals such as dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, Orca, cetaceans ND so on. Since the 1 9605 and the movie “Flipper,” these animals started to be displayed to the public in special shows with radically increased public demand. Meanwhile, it is debatable whether humans have the right to use marine mammals for entertainment. Although some think that the marine mammal shows are beneficial for educational purposes, it is imperative that the shows be stopped because they absolutely do not guarantee the animals’ health, the animals’ emotional well-being, and human safety.
Those who insist that marine-mammal shows be continued believe that the wows are educational for people. They state that, in the urbanize contemporary world, there is very little chance to see marine mammals. They believe that the shows enable people to learn how to understand, communicate with, and love the animals. However, it is doubtful that the educational purpose of marine mammal shows is well-realized. This is because the audiences who are supposed to be educated actually do not seem to feel the effects of the show.
According to Keller and Dunlap, unlike the educational statements of captive animal facilities, the average visitors are and regard for the biology and ecology of animals after a zoo visit lessens Owing 3, 2007). Furthermore, the shows could bring the reverse results. Many visitors of animal parks, including marine parks, begin to have not only the views of dominance and control over animals but also other negative viewpoints of animals such as wanting to avoid them, aversion, or apathy (Jigging, 2007). Therefore, marine mammal shows are actually not offering genuinely instructional knowledge for the audiences.
First, marine-mammal shows must be prohibited because the animals are hectically injured due to the unsanitary captive environments and the brutal capturing process. Above all, marine parks are not offering proper living conditions for the marine mammals. For example, due to the lack of staff, a sick walrus named Zeus often lies without supervision in his own waste (Greeter 2012). Also, many animals shut their irritated eyes from the horrid effects of unsanitary water (Greeter 2012). If the public became aware of these facts, they may not want to enjoy the shows played by sick and tired animals.
Furthermore, in the capturing process which is the beginning marine mammal shows as the animals are captured, a lot of animals are hurt and die. People who capture the marine mammals often do not care about the animals’ conditions, and even take advantage of their vulnerability in order to seize them. For example, using the fact that dolphins are acoustically sensitive, the biggest dolphin capturing company in Attach, Japan attracts dolphins with irritating sounds; they hit their heads against the tank wall (The Cove 2009).
This implies that the marine mammals that are used as entertainment for humans are not just abused by humans but are also led to self-harm. To sum it all up, the physical health of the marine mammals used for display are being exploited by humans with horrific living conditions and the brutal capturing process. Secondly, marine mammal shows must be suspended since the animals are emotionally damaged during the training, capturing, and captive process. When the marine mammals are trained, trainers usually withhold some food to force the marine mammals to perform the shows.
The trainers should keep in mind that marine mammals including dolphins and whales are as intelligent as humans and they deserve to be respected as highly social animals. Furthermore, marine mammals often swim in family pods generally consisting of three to ten members, while this rule breaks out when they are captured. According to a scientist, whales suffer from stress and die early on when they are separated from their involved social structure (Thomas 1987).
Lastly, when marine mammals that used to travel magnificent oceans are trapped in small aquarium tanks, they are so stressed. Due to aggressiveness caused by the stress, dolphin capturers are bound to give anti-stress pills to the captured dolphins (The Cove 2009). In conclusion, people should be ware of the dark side of marine mammal shows that damage the animals’ emotional disposition during training, capturing, and captive courses. Lastly, marine mammal shows must be prohibited because they also harm humans, such as trainers.
The stressed marine mammals that are violated both in physical and psychological ways could be dangerous for people who get close to them. In fact, in 201 0, a six-ton killer whale named Thulium pulled its trainer, Dawn Branched, underwater and killed him (Jason 201 1). This means that visitors who participate in petting or feeding programs could also be in danger. To make matters worse, even though these possible dangers might be prevented if marine parks thoroughly control safety measures, the shows’ regulation regarding the safety of trainers is extremely weak.
The agency of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) denounced Swearword for deliberate safety violations that do not properly protect its killer whale trainers (Jason 2011 Since even the most popular marine park industry, Swearword, does not have certain safety regulations for their trainers, other smaller marine parks which may even have less regulation goes without saying. Therefore, marine mammal shows make danger a great possibility or likelihood for people because Of the wild marine mammals and the low safety restrictions for trainers.
In conclusion, although many believe that marine mammal shows are necessary to educate the public, the shows must be prohibited because they hurt the animals physically, they hurt the animals mentally, and they hurt humans. To be specific, it is obvious that the marine mammals are physically abused in the capturing process and their living environments. Also, the disrespectful and harmful training process, the destruction of family pods, ND tiny tanks in which they live make the animals stressed.