Originally Posted by Tellie
While it does seem inhumane to corral an Orca in a large pool for money. I doubt it is all about profit as other have suggested. The education and awareness of a great, great number of people who will never set foot on a boat goes a long way in helping Orcas in the wild. The catch 22 is that if we ban and never support places like this is that we in turn reduce the awareness and funding
for what we seek to protect.
I was going to post something similar.
Locally we have "Durrell". World Famous - apparently, so requires no further description
In recent years they have been complaining of a lack of support for their (very worthy, I am sure) work with endangered species.......and due to lack of support translating into less cash have recently been laying folk off.
Apart from the marketplace having changed locally (not so many tourists) and worldwide with "Durell" not being so unique in operation, they compounded their mistake of being overly worthy in choice of endangered species by also rebranding to simply "Durrell" (in recognition of the Founder Gerald Durrell, one of the early (50's / 60's) conservationists and a widely published author on the subject).
For those who have read so far and are still confused as to what "Durrell" is............it used to be called "Jersey Zoo", albeit it was always about breeding and reintroducing endangered species to the wild, plus education of the public. Back in the 60's quite a novel concept
When I was a kid they had Lions
, some Otters (??) in a glass tank that would follow your finger on the glass. and some talking Parrots
and cool stuff like that. Last time I was up their they had moved heavily into reptiles and nocturnal stuff. Lions & Otters long gone
Whilst my experiance as a kid may not have got me fully into the Chimpanzees should have the Vote camp
, nonetheless I haven't shot anything large and cool looking
So the conservation message was getting accross - but to get folk their in the first place (and then spending money) yer do need to give folks something interesting as well as "worthy".
My bet is that Tarzan and PG Tips have done as much for the conservation of Chimps as any other organisation
..........dancing Orcas and Dolphins perhaps done the same for their wild relatives?