BOOK REVIEW: The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity

The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity

Marine mammal theme parks haven’t had an easy year, what with the death of a trainer at Sea World and the release of the Oscar-winning movie The Cove. I read the original 1995 version, not the updated edition shown here, but its criticisms of the industry are still applicable.

The question of whether marine mammal parks help or harm is a difficult one. The authors succinctly make their case in a persuasive way. Especially damning is their condemnation of “Swim with the Dolphins” programs, an increasingly lucrative aspect of the marine aquarium industry. Despite their fixed-on smile, no one can deny that bottlenose dolphins are large and powerful animals capable of injuring a human. No responsible facility would allow patrons to freely mingle around with gorillas or lions, the authors challenge–why do marine parks allow it with dolphins?

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