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essay on how we should care more about the animal world

by Akemi Tatsakura (2018-03-08)

Humans are captivated by these exceedingly intelligent mammals, but dolphins used in "swim with" programs are far removed from all that is natural to them.  
Although captive dolphins in the United States are afforded some legal protection, programs outside the United States are often governed by few, if any, protective regulations. Conditions are often poor: Dolphins are sometimes kept in small pools and exposed to sewage drain-off and other pollutants. Their diets may be inconsistent because many facilities generate additional revenue by selling fish to tourists to feed the dolphins; assertive dolphins can grow obese, and less aggressive animals can suffer from malnutrition (data from Debris and trash left in or near these pools, such as plastic bags, coins, or the paper used to wrap the “fish food,” can be ingested by the animals, causing acute gastrointestinal problems and sometimes even death. Many facilities operate almost continuously, the dolphins never get respite.  
Make no mistake: these outfits are tourist driven. As long as travelers succumb to their fascination with these animals and buy a ticket, dolphins will continue to suffer and die to satisfy tourists’ curiosity.