5 Facts Sea Life Centres Don’t Want You To Know

Your local zoo may have moved away from taking animals from the wild to stock their cages, but this is still not the case for aquariums and sea life centres.

In 2004, 79% of animals held in public aquariums had been taken directly from their ocean home to live in tanks and recent investigations have found that little has changed.

If anything, the denial and secrecy surrounding the animals’ origins has increased, as a result of public outrage following the release of Blackfish in 2013.

“When asked outright how many animals came from the wild, some staff refused to answer and others claimed they did not know. One member of staff informed our investigator that it was company policy never to take an animal from the wild. This is simply not true.”

~ Read more at Sea Lies (CAPS)


5 Facts Sea Life Centres Don’t Want You To Know

1. The truth about the parent-company…

Merlin, Sea Life’s parent company has purchased at least three attractions to house captive cetaceans since 2006. This includes a 2012 purchase of Chang Feng Ocean World in Shanghai – still ‘home’ to some Beluga whales in March 2014.

2. Breaching endangered animal laws…

In 2006, giant crabs and 20 turtles were acquired from the Cayman Islands – despite opposition from conservation organisations protesting against the import of the animals due to international rules on trade in endangered species.

3. Providing an unfit environment…

Despite claims from Sea Life that they “only those species that flourish in aquarium surroundings”, CAPS has recorded many incidences of captivity-related stress behaviours and health issues which, (confirmed by Sea Life staff) had resulted in high numbers of deaths.

4. Breeding program lies…

Despite claims that breeding programmes are in place in order for animals to return to their natural environment, actual evidence of release of in-house bred species bred is absent, with the exception of lobsters (find out more what happens to them below…)

5. From tanks to dinner plates…

Rather than encourage it’s visitors to refrain from eating fish, and thus supporting destructive industries, Sea Life directly contributes to the problem. Lobsters in particular are bred in the centres to be released as part of a “sustainable fishery” – with a view to end up as food.

So… what can be done, other than boycotting the centres?

Let’s face it, they weren’t that fun to begin with…

1. Sign the petition

This petition from Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS) aims to cease the circus-like performances of cetacean and sea lions and instate their safe retirement. It just takes a name and an email address to get your message to the CEO of Merlin and make our voices heard.

Sign the Petition

2. Grab a Sea Lies Animal Charitee

I designed a new Animal Charitee to support and raise awareness of the Sea Lies campaign.

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As always, 50% of the profits of the t-shirts will go directly to CAPS, and back into the Sea Lies campaign.

3. Share with friends and family

If you can’t buy a t-shirt, any sharing is still greatly appreciated – we need to reach a target in order to get the t-shirts printed so every share counts! Here’s the link to spread around.

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Once again thank you for all your support in this campaign!

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