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Dying To Entertain

SeaWorld tragedy raises serious questions about animals in captivity.

March 11, 2010
Commentary contributed by Debby Leahy · Captive Animals Rescue and Enforcement Director - People for the Ethical Treatment of An

Marine mammals are literally dying to entertain you. Twenty-one orcas died in U.S. SeaWorld facilities between 1986 and 2008—an average of nearly one a year for 22 years. Dozens of bottlenose dolphins have also perished at SeaWorld. 

Animals of the sea inhabit vast and complex worlds. Orcas are intelligent predators who work cooperatively, share intricate relationships and swim for up to 100 miles every day. At SeaWorld, orcas perform circus tricks for food and swim endless circles in small, barren concrete tanks.

 
 
 

 

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