Marine Wildlife in Captivity

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The purpose of this bill is to recognize and change the treatment and captivity requirements for large marine mammals. The current treatment of large marine mammals in captivity is inhumane and is in no way suitable for the needs of the animals. The living conditions for large marine mammals are much too small and many are over crowded which causes stress and outbursts of violence. Animals who are not born in captivity are taken directly from wild, breaking the very strong emotional bonds that many marine mammals have causing heavy emotional trauma. In general, the blatant disregard for health, minimal stimulation and lack of knowledge of the animals alone is a huge part of the poor treatment. This bill will set minimum space requirements for all the large marine mammal enclosures and set a limit for the density of each tank (see figure 1). Also, by implementing this bill, we hope to raise the standards of living by causing less stress and emotional trauma to the animal and stimulate and care for the marine animals in captivity by means of better educating the trainers and the public with classes and information kiosks and factual posters. In the wild, whales and dolphins can swim up to 100 miles a day in any direction, while in captivity, they are stuck in a concrete box swimming endlessly in circles (see figure 2). The only time they really get to swim in a straight line is when they are changing holding tanks. Not only are the enclosures small, they are overcrowded as well. Many marine mammals such as Orcas, or many breeds of dolphins are put together in areas with others that aren’t part of their family group. The lack of space and unfamiliar company causes stress and outburst of violence among the animals and towards the trainers. Dolphins and Orcas have a sort of pecking order to keep each other in line and when an animals falls out of line the higher ranking
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