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QUESTIONS ABOUT LIVE DOLPHIN PREFORMANCES

Don't parks teach people to "fall inlove" with the animals?

Are dolphin shows educational?

Don't parks teach people to "fall inlove" with the animals?

Yes, seeing these animals does leave an impression. Kids that see "Shamu" often state that they would like to train Shamu when they grow older, but it is a generic reaction when a kid sees something "cute" and "cuddly." Very few of the kids that see them grow up to actually train them or study them in the wild. The people that visit these parks do not fall in love with the animals themselves, the black and white dolphins that hunt and kill seals, eat other whales, rape females...But they fall in love with the animal the park creates, the image of "Shamu" and "Namu", not their wild counterparts.

Are dolphin shows educational?

Sea World uses exaggerated behaviors or as many call it "tricks". (If you look again at the article in the manual you will see Trick listed as a buzzword- and replaced with Behavior.) The exciting behaviors of having a trainer ride on "Shamu's" back- take away from the look of stark tanks, the square sides, and un-natural features. (If you look at Vancouver Aquarium, you will see that rocks surround the tank itself but none are located in the tank itself. People may see these rocks thinking the park is doing it for the animal's sake- but if they where, wouldn't there be rocks IN the tank and not around?) The shows avoid talking at all in-depth educational material concerning marine mammal natural history, NATURAL RAW behaviors, or the bond between wild pod mates.(Source: "The case Against..."HSUS) According to the yearly averages of people going to parks, places like Sea World are convinced that people learn by simply walking through their turnstyles. Yet, this is elicited by mere exposure to live captive animals- this exposure does not translate into action or even awearness. Which is what the captive display industry states. (Source: "The Case Against..."HSUS) It is traditionally stated that parks like Sea World show to "educate". Yet videos, robots, etc. could successfully replace that.

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