UK-based Merlin Entertainments Group and aquarium division Sea Life has spoken up against sister company SeaWorld. Parent company Blackstone Group "now finds itself a global house divided; the parent of two vast entertainment companies scornful of each other’s fundamental business models."
Cetaceans "are wide-ranging, highly intelligent and social animals which suffer acute sensory deprivation in any kind of unnatural confinement," says divisional director of Merlin Entertainments (Midway) USA, Janine DiGioacchino. DiGioacchino goes on to reveal plans for a retirement sanctuary for captive dolphins, "“we are urgently progressing plans to create a natural sanctuary where these and hopefully others from other public attractions around the world, can be re-homed, retired and if feasible, rehabilitated."
For the full story, read investigative journalist David Kirby's latest article: http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/11/12/seaworlds-sister-company-fights-whale-and-dolphin-captivity
To read more about the statement released by Merlin (and to find out about the statement released by the National Aquarium), please visit: http://www.wdcs.org/news.php?select=1344
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