Texas PTA: Cut Ties with SeaWorld
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In today's day and age promoting dolphin and whale captivity to children and young adults is unacceptable. The Texas PTA has partnered with SeaWorld and is offering discounted tickets to it's members. This gives the impression that the PTA supports the notion that dolphins, whales and other marine mammals exist strictly for human entertainment.
What the PTA isn't telling it's members is that the animals at SeaWorld suffer tremendously. Dolphins and whales are highly intelligent creatures with complex social structures. Captive cetaceans live in barren environments that are less than 1% of their natural habitat and are often paired with unfamiliar dolphins. Captive marine mammals are susceptible to many ailments such as digestive blockages (due to swallowing foreign objects), malnutrition and mental instability. Scientists note that these animals are at a greater risk of contracting communicable diseases, skin disorders caused by chemicals that are used to treat tank water, and inescapable aggravated attacks from tank mates. It's also important to note that most marine mammals held in captivity die premature deaths in comparison to their wild counter-parts.
The Texas PTA has the chance to join hundreds of other people, organizations, schools and businesses who have taken a stand against marine mammals in captivity. Since the release of the award-winning movie, "The Cove" and also "Blackfish", there is no excuse to further educate yourself about the on-going issues with captive cetaceans.
We are asking the Texas PTA to take a stand and only partner with associations and businesses that don't profit off of the backs of cetaceans and other marine-life. Dolphins and whales do not exist for human entertainment and this outdated practice should be phased out completely.
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