31 Aug '13, 12pm

Being held in #captivity can chop 50-60 years from an #Orcas life expectancy:::

Being held in #captivity can chop 50-60 years from an #Orcas life expectancy:::

When I was little, I can vaguely remember a trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park for my birthday. This was back in the days when the world was black and white, Starburst was called Opal Fruits, and they still had dolphins in captivity in the UK. I don’t remember much, but I know we watched a dolphin ‘show’ with balls and hoops and clapping and ‘ooh-ing’. You can’t see a dolphin in the UK doing that today. That is progress. Dolphins performing tricks in a big glorified swimming pool simply isn’t justifiable today, and thanks to the campaigning efforts of many groups over many years, Britain’s zoos are devoid of dolphins. But the same is not true elsewhere. Every year, millions of tourists splash their cash to be splashed by performing dolphins. The biggest dolphins in the world, also on display in these places, are (confusingly) better known as killer whales . That name is pe...

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