Does this sound like déjà vu to you? A weekend
visitor to SeaWorld
in San Antonio has sent PETA disturbing photographs of a dolphin who appears to be missing a chunk of
flesh from his or her lower mandible. The injury is strikingly similar to the one sustained by an orca named Nakai
at the San Diego SeaWorld just a few months ago. Just as we
did for  Nakai, PETA has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture (USDA) and requested an investigation into the cause of the dolphin’s
injury. 

In Nakai’s case, the USDA listed the
orca’s injury as being caused by a recessed track that holds gates that
separate two of the tanks. Another injury to another animal, also caused by SeaWorld’s
dangerous enclosures, would demonstrate a clear violation of the Animal Welfare
Act, which
states that facilities must be structurally sound and free from objects,
projections, or edges that may cause injury and that all animals must be
handled in a manner that does not cause physical harm. 

But even without injurious enclosures,
SeaWorld still harms marine mammals by robbing them of everything that is
natural, pleasant, and important to them, such as living in family pods and swimming up to 100 miles a day
in the open ocean

 

And SeaWorld sentences animals to an
early grave: Orcas, for instance, can expect to live an average of 30 to 50
years in the wild, and some live as long as 90 years. The median age for orcas in
captivity is only 9 years
. The debilitating stress of captivity weakens the animals’ immune systems. In
fact, some other weekend visitors to SeaWorld San Antonio reportedly told
employees about a shark who was lying belly-up in a tank and appeared to be
dead.

SeaWorld: Dangerous for human beings and deadly for marine animals.

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Article source: PETA Files

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