Wednesday, 28 April 2010

SeaWorld's Educational Value Challenged in Congressional Hearing -

Sparked by the death of Tilikum's trainer at SeaWorld, Orlando; marine mammal experts, zoo and aquarium representatives and scientists headed to Capitol Hill yesterday to testify at the hearing Marine Mammals in Captivity: What Constitutes Meaningful Public Education?. Among attendees was director of The Cove, Louis Psihoyos who said that aquarium performances of marine mammals are no more than "stupid tricks for our amusement."

A main argument in the hearing was that aquariums are not providing accurate information to visitors about marine mammals and are misleading or misinforming the public with outdated information.

photo credit via Stig Nygaard

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