PETA is calling for a U.S. Department of
Agriculture investigation after D.J., a 15-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin,
was found dead on the
floor of his tank at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. Trainers said that D.J., short
for De Janeiro, was acting unusual and not eating the day before he died. He is
the second dolphin to die
at the aquarium—Cobie, also just 15, died of pneumonia in 2007.
Untimely deaths are the rule for marine mammals in captivity.
At SeaWorld alone, between 1986 and 2011, 25 orcas died—and not one from old age. The unending and debilitating stress of captivity weakens
marine mammals’ immune systems, causing them to die earlier than their wild
counterparts, who live for decades. Those who don’t succumb to intestinal
gangrene, acute hemorrhagic pneumonia, pulmonary abscesses, chronic kidney
disease, chronic cardiovascular failure, septicemia, influenza, or other health
problems may take their own lives by hitting their heads against the sides of
pools or simply not coming up for air.
Please watch dolphins only at
the beach, not in tanks.
Article source: PETA Files