Academic Year 2009-2010

Event Title

Keeping Marine Mammals in Captivity: Good or Evil?

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Marine Biology | Zoology

Description

Keeping marine mammals in captivity has a long and troubled history. Justifications for marine-mammal husbandry range from using the creatures to educate the general public to preventing the extinction of endangered species. Arguments against this activity usually center on: the high rates of mortality in captivity and during wild-capture activities; an increase in social and behavioral pathology in captive animals; and the lack of humane treatment of captive animals. Keith’s presentation explored all sides of this contentious issue and suggest possible compromises.

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Keeping Marine Mammals in Captivity: Good or Evil?

Keeping marine mammals in captivity has a long and troubled history. Justifications for marine-mammal husbandry range from using the creatures to educate the general public to preventing the extinction of endangered species. Arguments against this activity usually center on: the high rates of mortality in captivity and during wild-capture activities; an increase in social and behavioral pathology in captive animals; and the lack of humane treatment of captive animals. Keith’s presentation explored all sides of this contentious issue and suggest possible compromises.