29 Apr '15, 5pm

Jane Goodall wants SeaWorld shut down via @michaeldestries

Jane Goodall wants SeaWorld shut down via @michaeldestries

Legendary primatologist and animal advocate Jane Goodall has weighed in on the SeaWorld controversy , adding to a growing chorus of those who believe the marine park giant should be closed and its captive species retired to sanctuaries. In an interview with the Huffington Post , the 81-year-old Goodall said the method of confinement for SeaWorld's dolphins and whales is cruel and unusual punishment due to the nature of how the species communicate. "When they are contained in these tanks ... that is acoustical hell,” she said. "The sounds bounce back from the walls of the tank." One need only look at the small tank enclosure for Lolita , a 22-foot-long orca housed in an awful 60-by-80-foot tank at the Miami Seaquarium, to understand the kind of hell Goodall is talking about. SeaWorld's tanks, while larger, are a drop in the bucket compared to what an off-shore ocean sanctua...

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/blogs/jane-gooda...

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