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- , What most people don't know is that the Marine Mammal Protection Act requires captive displays to be educational in order to keep these animals on display, and yet marine parks all over the world continue to display them without even having met this criterion. I'm sorry if I misinterpreted your comment but when you spoke of aquariums serving the purpose of making people more considerate of nature and the environment, this is what we consider public education to be. I would ask simply, with most people having awareness that many marine creatures possess higher intelligence and self awareness, what gives us the right as humans to take them from their environment and families and decrease their quality of life? Just because we are humans? Does that mean all other living things were put on earth to be owned and controlled by us? Imagine for a moment, if someone were to come into your home in the middle of the night, kidnap you, then force you to live on a 6 foot leash in a 4 foot tall room for the rest of your life. Keeping marine life captive for our viewing pleasure and entertainment is harming them, not helping them. They gain no benefit from this. Quite the opposite. I understand that not everyone will have the ability to have the experience of viewing them in their own habitat but that is indeed an option. There are rescue teams and marine centers that have the goal of returning them to their own habitat after rehabilitation, however, there are sometimes cases where that can not be done because they would not survive. It's another possibility to view them in these types of facilities as well. I'm just unsure how you feel that visiting an aquarium full of captive marine life stolen from their own environment is giving them any benefit of human consideration.Apr 19, 2012
- Education is not equal to inspiration. In fact if you can manage to inspire people the education can often happen by itself. I look at things like this and go WOW that's amazing and it inspires me to learn more, but it does not educate me, that goes after the wow. Then the benefit comes.
Most humans are lazy, but can achieve greatness if inspired and unfortunately that often requires a kick start. I'm not saying this is right (which its not) but it is honest. Is it bad that this is done at the cost of others, yes of course it is, but again unfortunately that's humans for you but hopefully "Out of the ashes...."
If the act requires these establishments to do more and they are not, then they should be shut down.
In essence I agree with you, but reality can be a right bitch ;-)Apr 19, 2012
- I will agree with you, reality indeed bites at times! We can agree to disagree on some points. In short, I believe that being honest about the situation would be people just admitting, I think this aquarium is cool because I like looking at it instead of condoning it under the guise that it is beneficial in some way to marine life. I'm not really sure what inspiration or consideration aquariums of this type provide marine life beyond people viewing it and saying, "This is cool. Look at the pretty fishy" then going home. It is possible that a few individuals might become inspired to learn more about marine life but sadly, if they do become educated on the subject they would learn how detrimental these establishments are to marine life and hope that others would not promote it by purchasing tickets to such aquariums.
Please know I have no hard feelings toward you regarding the debate of this subject. Debate is simply another way to obtain knowledge and hear another's perspectives on an issue. My original intent was to make a brief comment and provide a bit of fact that I felt motivated to make due to a gentleman making a comment against captivity and others turning it into a personal attack questioning his age (maturity) and accusing him of not having the capability to think for himself. To his credit, he stated his opinion and did not stoop to the level of making a debate a personal attack against those individuals. After making a brief comment a comment was then made about being a "couch activist" and if one wanted to make a difference then they should turn their computer off so I felt obligated to let the gentleman know his assumptions of other's knowledge on the subject and just want they do indeed do in attempt to make a difference were incorrect. Of course, we are not all going to have the same opinion on every subject, however, there is no need to turn it into a personal attack because someone's opinions differ from yours. I am always open to learning from people more knowledgeable about a subject than myself and also open to learning how others feel about any given issue. Good day to all! :)Apr 20, 2012
- , you make me smile in the knowledge there are people like yourself who have concern for the well being of other living creatures and the environment. I hope you stay just as you are because who you are ROCKS! :)Apr 20, 2012
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