In a statement released this week, the organization explained the steps it plans to take in reconsidering its captive dolphin program, including a "dolphin summit" of aquatic experts who will help determine the feasibility of building an ocean-side dolphin sanctuary. The National Aquarium will not reach any decisions about the dolphins' future before the consulting team completes its inquiry -- but even questioning whether that future should take place in a tank is a laudable first move.
SeaWorld and marine parks profit off keeping orcas and other marine animals in captivity -- despite evidence that captivity not only induces unnatural behaviors in whales, but also endangers trainers. Join us in pledging never to visit SeaWorld or other marine parks until they empty their orca tanks.
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