Fast Fact: In their natural habitats these animals could swim thousands of kilometres a day and live in tight knit family groups.
- From orcas and dolphins to whales and seals plus many more species of aquatic animals, the only place for these animals is the open sea and ocean where they are free to travel as far and wide as they need.
- Instead they spend their entire lives in tanks that are certainly not big enough for them and forced to perform tricks for human entertainment.
- Some of these animals are bred in captivity but the majority are captured from the wild, removed from their homes and their families.
- It has been reported that during transport of some animals their families have come to their aid to try and free them, sadly unsuccessfully however this demonstrates the strong bond these animals share and to be torn apart can have a devastating effect.
- Frustrated by boredom in their minuscule homes and monotony of performing every day; many display signs of stress, illness, insanity and some of aggression.
- Compared to their families in the wild, captive marine animals barely live to a quarter of their natural age.
Many of these places claim to be providing a valuable educational tool so that we can learn about animals we would rarely see in the wild. But what can we really learn about the natural behaviours from an animal that is subjected to a life that is anything but natural?
WHAT CAN I DO?
The quickest way to stop the exploitation and abuse of animals in entertainment is by not supporting these industries. Share your concerns with friends, family and others about what the issues are. In addition you can also let the operators of these industries know how you feel. If these activities take place in your local area then contact your council and let them know. You can also contact your local MP’s to voice your concern.
HOW CAN I HELP?
The most powerful tool we have to help animals is our voice. Once we learn about the cruel ways humans use animals for greed, profit or pleasure we need to help educate and inform others.
If you want to do more to help, you can support us by becoming a member of Animal Liberation WA, and signing up to volunteer!