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The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity

The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity is a report by the Animal Welfare Institute and World Animal Protection. It provides scientific evidence and ethical arguments against holding marine mammals for public display in zoos, aquaria, and marine theme parks. The report argues that captive marine mammals cannot thrive in confinement and that the primary justification for the public display of marine mammals, the educational benefit of these exhibits, has not been objectively evaluated. The report also discusses the conservation/research fallacy, live captures, the physical and social environment, animal health issues and veterinary care, behaviour, stress, cetacean intelligence, mortality and birth rates, human-dolphin interactions, risks to human health, the Blackfish legacy, and the future of captive marine mammals.