PETA protests small tanks for marine animals in zoos

April 29th, 2010 - 11:09 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 29 (IANS) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has asked the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to stop confining marine mammals in small tanks in zoos.
The appeal came in the wake of reports that several zoos in India are considering adding or expanding marine-mammal facilities.

“The government of Kerala plans to allow the construction of the largest oceanarium in Asia. In Maharashtra, there are plans to expand the shamefully neglected Taraporewala Aquarium by adding orcas and animals native to Antarctica. And Delhi is considering building a dolphinarium,” said Dharmesh Solanki in his letter to B.S.Bonal, member secretary of the CZA.

He said that visitors to marine parks, aquaria and oceanariums learn nothing about animals by watching them swim endlessly in circles or perform meaningless tricks.

“In fact, children leave with the idea that it’s acceptable to keep animals in captivity and to allow them to be bored, cramped, lonely and far from their natural homes,” said Solanki.

Citing examples of countries like Chile, Britain and Brazil where the governments have either banned or have adopted stricter standards to improve conditions for the animals, he said India should also follow such measures.

“Informed people around the world are shunning these exploitative displays,” added Solanki.

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