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John DeMont: Whale sanctuary news music to Port Hilford’s ears – Cape Breton Post

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 202049 Views

For such a joyful occasion, there was some woeful talk Tuesday at Halifax’s Museum of the Atlantic, some imparted information that made at least one person in the room feel bad for being a member of the human race.

It was about the lives of the 3,000-or-so whales, dolphins and porpoises being held in captivity around the world.

How whales that, in the wild, swim 100 kilometres a day and dive 91 metres into the ocean spend their lives in tanks no longer than they are wide. How majestic animals that thrill us by their very presence in nature are reduced to performing carnival tricks for our amusement. How creatures that “have culture … dialect … and a big brain” are so beaten down in our care that they essentially give up.

“We can do better for these animals than putting them in concrete tanks so that they can entertain us,” Lori Marino, president of the conservation group The Whale Sanctuary Project told the room.

That was just before everybody there was on their feet, clapping and cheering.

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