Marine Animals Tanked in Captivity in Aquariums

Should marine animals be kept in aquariums
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Aquariums are such a beauty to behold with marine lives swimming within a restricted and confined space, colorful and radiant. The British and Irish association of zoos and aquariums holds that 25 million people visit the aquariums and zoos every year, and that is about a third of the population of the United Kingdom, now you can imagine how much people love to see marine animals swim and display with their beautiful colors and trilling motor moves.

Animals in aquarium
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Individuals, organizations and businesses now put up aquariums in their houses and office spaces, just to enhance the aesthetic of their apartment oblivious of the welfare and condition of the animals. Marine lives are definitely a beauty to behold especially when you are viewing them from a very close range in captivity.

Just like the zoo and circuses, the effect of captivity is not just physical but psychological. Some orcas have destroyed their  teeth by chewing on metal cage bars and all captive adult male orcas have collapsed dorsal fins, a condition that rarely occurs in wild orcas, and this case of the orcas is just one amongst many too numerous to mention.

The animal right activists are strongly pushing-on to free animals that have been tanked in captivity. There have always been pros and cons to circumstances as this, just like in the case of the zoo and circus in my previous articles but you will find in most cases that the merit is much bigger than the demerits.
Should marine animals be kept in aquariums
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 Animals in an aquarium are usually confined in small tanks and they can get bored and frustrated. In an effort to provide more natural environments for the animals, different species are often kept together, which lead to predatory animals attacking or eating their tank mates. Tanks are also stocked either with captured animals or animals bred in captivity. Capturing animals in the wild is stressful, injurious and sometimes fatal; breeding in captivity is also a problem because those animals will live their entire lives in a tiny tank instead of a vast ocean. Some individuals believe that animals can be better studied for scientific purposes but that does not justify the suffering and right infringement of the animals living in tanks.
 Should marine animals be kept in aquariums?
It is undeniably true that we need to connect with nature; marine and all its components, but should we do that by keeping them in captivity?


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