Aquarium Expansion – Yea or Nay?
The Vancouver Aquarium is interested in an $80 million, 50% expansion and wants to hear what you have to say about it!. Great tourist attraction? Great educational tool? Great jailer of non-cuddly animals? Great Scott! The CBC reports that this expansion will entail
- The loss of more than 30 trees
- bigger pools
- more research space
- more animals
- up to 8 beluga whales
- up to eight white-sided dolphins
- new beavers, as well as a lot of new fish,
and much, much more!
The article goes on to quote Dr. John Nightingale, Aquarium President, as saying that
“We know we hear from an activist negative side quite frequently, and we hear from the aquarium supporters. . . . What we want to find out is, what do all those people in the middle who don’t often speak up, what do they think?”
I’ve always had a problem with the idea of putting huge ocean creatures into comparitively tiny tanks under the guise of “research” or “education for the children”. I highly doubt that the tiger in a cage behaves anything like the tiger in the jungle, so why waste money and the lives of perfectly free creatures by stuffing them into Zoos and Aquariums for us slack-jawed Vancouverites to visually prod and examine?
But I guess that opinion would be a “negative activist” one…
So what do you think?
Discliamer: I eat meat.