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September 25, 2009

Captive Cetaceans: The Science behind the Ethics

Capture and confinement is inherently stressful

The Humane Society of the United States

While the rationale for keeping captive marine mammals often centers on educational benefits for people and research benefits for cetacean conservation, HSUS Marine Mammal Scientist Naomi Rose examines the evidence that reveals the limitations of those benefits, and the harm inflicted on cetaceans through capture and confinement. In this paper, presented at the European Cetacean Society's 18th Annual Conference in Kolmården, Sweden, in March 2004, Rose considers some of the scientific evidence that supports the anti-captivity position.

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