The captive display industries here in America have simmered down, but growth internationally continues. Via @inherentlywild -・・・
After a six year wait and a two-month-delay Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean Park has finally opened to the public and debuted its killer whale show. The new marine park features four killer whale calves who were captured from the wild in 2016 and temporarily held at Dalian Tiger Beach (Laohutan) Ocean Park where they endured acclimation to confinement. They were then transferred to Shanghai Haichang Polar Ocean Park and have the spent the past few weeks rehearsing for the grand opening. Once wild and free, these highly intelligent, sentient animals have been torn from their families and reduced to theatrical stars who will live and die in featureless tanks, thousands of miles away from their ocean home.
While orca captivity is slowly being phased out in the west, the practice is becoming ever more popular in the east at the expense of Russia's transient population. Since 2012 at least 30 killer whale calves have been taken from this population which numbers as few as 200-300 individuals. With a whole generation stolen for the sake of human entertainment, this population may struggle to recover and could potentially be pushed towards extinction. The single most effective way to stop these captures is to stop supporting the practice as a whole. If we can prevent cetacean captivity from being profitable wild captures will come to an end. Please, don't buy a ticket.
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