Tuesday, June 22, 2010
On April 27th I posted a blog about the planned congressional hearings on orcas and other marine mammals in captivity in theme parks across the United States. Today I found an excellent update that is well worth reading:
Theme parks were not on trial per se, but received much attention during the testimony. For background, the Marine Mammal Protection Act was enacted in 1972 (revised in 1994) by the National Marine Fisheries Service and permits the display of whales, dolphins, seals, etc. only if there are proper education or conservation programs. Therefore, Congress asked what construes “meaningful public education” using these animals.
SEA WORLD ALSO COVERED THE HEARINGS HERE:http://www.disunplugged.com/2010/05/08/us-congress-questions-seaworld’s-educational-value/