The Dark Background Behind our Aquariums

The Dark Background Behind our Aquariums

Aquariums are abusing animals in the name of training. Going to aquariums is an activity that is very common among Americans, especially for children. It’s fascinating to see the animals of our oceans do backflips or jump through hoops. But at what cost? Questions have arisen concerning the ethics behind the aquariums that we enjoy so much. Our amusement comes at the expense of the lives of helpless animals who belong in the ocean, not being tortured to perform for humans in corporate facilities.

Family is one of the most critical aspects of our lives. This is true for almost every species on this planet.  Animals of the sea are no exception. Large companies like Seaworld or the Georgia Aquarium show no hesitation in depriving these animals of their family life. According to thedodo.com, “at least eight SeaWorld orca calves were separated from their mothers when they were four or younger.” With no regard for the animals, aquariums put family members in different facilities to get trained. According to Seaworldofhurt.com, “An orca named Shamu performed in the first-ever orca show at SeaWorld in 1965. She’d been abducted from her mother”. The separation of families is greatly detrimental to the animals. They are not meant to survive without their mothers.

Along with not seeing their family, Marine life in aquariums is deprived of their essential needs and continuously abused. According to Seaworldofhurt.com, “The USDA also documented that a dolphin tank and the areas surrounding the orca performance tank were in disrepair and contained cracked and crumbling concrete and rusty beams that could pose a threat to the health and safety of both the animals and workers.”  A safe environment for mammals is a basic need. It is unethical to risk animal lives for human entertainment.

Holding our aquariums accountable is essential. It is the responsibility of the people to educate themselves of the horrors of keeping animals in captivity. When the people learn and speak up, aquariums like Sea world will listen.