ANIMALS IN ENTERTAINMENT

There are many ways that animals are exploited for entertainment. From zoos and aquariums, to greyhound tracks and horse racing. Because of the variety of this kind of abuse, this page focuses on specific local issues. Dorset’s final greyhound track (Poole) closed in 2020, but the industry still continues. There are no zoos, and due to intense animal rights pressure, it is unusual to see wild animals in British circuses, although domestic animals such as dogs, horse, and birds are still forced to travel and perform for ‘entertainment’. Freedom For Animals have more information about both of those issues.

It is important to remember that every animal – human or otherwise – is a complex and sentient individual. All animals are capable of emotional intelligence, and suffer mentally and physically when held in captivity, or are forced to perform unnatural behaviours for human amusement.

OCEANARIUMS

Both Weymouth and Bournemouth have oceanariums, where thousands of marine animals are kept confined to small glass and concrete enclosures, just meters from the limitless freedom of the open sea.

In order to convince people that there is nothing wrong with imprisoning wild animals right next to their natural habitat, oceanariums make bold claims about their conservation work. In fact, these claims are a con. Only 2.5% of the animals held by SEA LIFE, who own the Weymouth aquarium, are endangered, and their captive breeding programmes are designed more to maintain a captive supply that to repopulate the sea.

The reality is that rather than saving sea life, these oceanariums are killing it. Because 98% of salt water fish don’t reproduce in captivity, most of the ones you see in aquariums have been caught in the wild. A whopping 70% of the fish caught for oceanariums die either during their capture (where cyanide is used to stun them), transportation, or on arrival at the aquarium. The restrictions of captivity cause unnaturally high mortality rates amongst sea life, even amongst the endangered species oceanariums claim to protect.

As well as fish, both Weymouth and Bournemouth oceanariums cynically use penguins to lure in customers, who want to see the cute birds. Keeping penguins – who can march up to 60 miles in the wild – in small, sparse cells is not acceptable. In the wild, they can swim at over ten miles per hour, meaning that even the slowest species could get from one side of the penguin tank in Bournemouth within three seconds. Just imagine the furthest point of your world being just three seconds away, forever.

Because penguins are used to traveling, and wouldn’t live in the rainy climate of Britain by choice, some oceanariums have resorted to feeding their birds anti-depressants. The weather may not be an issue for the Bournemouth penguins however, as they will never be allowed outside.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Please avoid any entertainment which involves non-human animals being exploited. Even if it claims to be in the name of conservation, no animal enjoys spending their life in prison, or being forced to perform tricks simply for the amusement of others. Try to convince people you know to do the same.

Don’t forget about other abusive forms of entertainment; encourage others to avoid betting on non-human based sports such as horse racing and greyhound racing

Print off our posters and stickers to help spread the message.

PRINTABLE RESOURCES:

AQUARIUMS POSTER

This poster comes in both A4 (standard UK printer paper) and A3 (twice the size of A4).

DOWNLOADS:

 

A4
A3

PENGUINS STICKERS

These stickers are designed to be printed onto AVERY J8166 sheets (6 stickers per sheet), which can be widely purchased.

Download the template using the link below, and print them off at home.

Please make sure you ask permission before applying these stickers to any item that is not yours.

GREYHOUND STICKERS

These stickers are designed to be printed onto AVERY J8166 sheets (6 stickers per sheet), which can be widely purchased.

Download the template using the link below, and print them off at home.

Please make sure you ask permission before applying these stickers to any item that is not yours.