DawnWatch: AJC front page story on aquarium deaths and debate 1/30/07

January 30th, 2007 10:43 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Jan 30, 2007 5:11 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: AJC front page story on aquarium deaths and debate 1/30/07

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has a front page story, Tuesday January 30, headed,
“Aquarium deaths reopen captivity debate; Critics condemn facilities, but scientists say they help advance studies of rare animals.”

The Atlanta Aquarium recently euthanized Gasper, an ailing beluga whale, and nine days saw the death of Ralph, a marquee whale shark.

The article notes, “The back-to-back deaths have prompted protests from private citizens and national organizations. They range from reasoned to outraged.”

A Florida activists, Russ Rector, is quoted:

“If they’d never put whales or whale sharks there, then people never would miss them. It went from an aquarium to a prison.”

And Naomi Rose of the Humane Society of the United States is quoted:

“These big swimmers aren’t adaptable to confinement. I really resent that they’re exploiting these animals’ lives.”

There are quotes from those from the aquarium industry about the educational value of keeping animals in confinement.

A representatives from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums talks about the “fringe extremists” who are against detaining animals.

We learn that “Worldwide, fewer than a dozen whale sharks are in captivity” and that the aquarium has not said whether or not it will acquire another whale shark.

You’ll find the whole article on line here OR http://tinyurl.com/2h77ye.

The front page story opens the door for letters against holding animals in captivity for human entertainment.

The AJC takes letters here.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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