17 Aug '12, 12am

Seals Going Blind, Battered Baby Whales: Not Everyone Loves Marineland

Seals Going Blind, Battered Baby Whales: Not Everyone Loves Marineland

Water parks, zoos, “sanctuaries”. All places where animals are kept in artificial habitats so that the public can see them, for “educational” – or more likely, entertainment – purposes. Most adults have heard the stories of neglect and mistreatment in facilities across the world, but still, parents pay millions of dollars per year, however uncomfortably, to expose their families to rapidly dwindling wildlife. Those same families probably recoiled in horror this week as accusations of severe neglect and animal suffering at Ontario Aquatic Park Marineland surfaced. The park, home to orcas, dolphins, seals and “the largest collection of beluga whales in the world”, is now facing increasing scrutiny after the Toronto Star published several articles detailing not only accounts of understaffing and inadequate hygiene conditions at the park, but specific incidents of animal suffe...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/seals-going-blind-battered-ba...

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