An analysis of the issues of whales and dolphins in captivity

Generally speaking, because of the artificial settings, research in captivity provides little knowledge that can be applied to the protection and management of these species at sea. Many published studies on captive animals focus on training techniques and improvement of husbandry practices, which have no relevance to dolphins living in the wild.

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They also indicated how likely they would be to visit each on a Likert scale. These are truly important lessons in conservation for a child!

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Their large brains likely help them to succeed in foraging on widely scattered and temporarily available resources. They engage in cooperative hunting and they partition resources such that prey is shared throughout the social group. A second claim is that by keeping them in a tank we are saving them from pollution and overfishing, even extinction, and that captive breeding programs are for conservation motives.

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But today, we know a lot more than we did back then. This ability to transfer learned behaviors to their progeny makes them cultural animals like us. Their large brains likely help them to succeed in foraging on widely scattered and temporarily available resources. Captive dolphins have nothing in common with those I have come to know in the wild. Further development of captive cetacean attractions will depend on how these viewpoints influence policy-makers. I learned of their needs, not only for space but also for companionship, and I witnessed their fluid, complex societies, which in many ways are quite similar to our own. There were very few, if any, comments on the education or conservation value of these attractions. It has been suggested that these studies need to particularly address the introduction of bias in public opinion research on cetacean captivity, as previous research has often been seen as expending little or ineffective effort on the issue Marino et al. Deprived of their natural space and social structures, dolphins change. Research on whether the benefits of cetacean captivity are outweighed by animal welfare concerns is also in contention. Recently, however, cetacean captivity was banned in Vancouver Lindsay, and legislation has been put forward to ban cetacean captivity across Canada Lake,

So, what do we know about dolphins? Respondents who visited these attractions cited the performances and educational opportunities, rather than human-animal contact, as their motives.

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With such variable snapshots of public opinion on cetacean captivity, further studies are needed to more clearly inform attraction developers, cetacean conservationists, animal welfare advocates, and policy-makers.

Wild capture of cetaceans in Canada ceased inbut smaller cetaceans have continued to be imported Tasker, But today, we know a lot more than we did back then.

An analysis of the issues of whales and dolphins in captivity

Spending thousands of hours at sea, I began to know some of them by sight and, like my human friends, they became an integral part of my life. And we have not yet mentioned the number of individuals killed in the process of being captured, and the stress these animals go through when separated from their companions and social networks. Why is this important? There is also limited agreement on the ethics of obtaining cetaceans for the attractions in question. Going forward, data collected via responder-led, open-ended, bias-minimising approaches should at least be considered when informing such decisions. Those staying in all-inclusive resorts were also less likely to visit MMP killer whale shows. For example: captive studies on dolphin diseases have failed to predict outbreaks of viruses in wild populations that may often cause mass mortality. They engage in cooperative hunting and they partition resources such that prey is shared throughout the social group. Dolphins are large-brained, cognitive animals If we consider ourselves as being at the pinnacle of intelligence, dolphins would come just after us, scoring even better than their great ape cousins. Further development of captive cetacean attractions will depend on how these viewpoints influence policy-makers.
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Reassessing public opinion of captive cetacean attractions with a photo elicitation survey