A Canadian expat has proposed an aquarium in Rawai, Phuket, in Thailand—a project that would sentence countless fish, sea lions, seals, and dolphins to lives spent swimming in circles in small tanks and pools that never could compare to the vast oceans that these animals call home. Aquariums make claims of providing "education" and "conservation," but they rarely succeed on either count. Marine parks present a distorted view of wildlife—the only thing that they teach people is that it is acceptable to keep wild animals in captivity far from their natural homes and subject them to boredom and loneliness. Please write to Phuket Governor Tri Augkaradacha and ask that he not approve the proposed aquarium plans. The aquarium would just be one more addition to Thailand's horrific animal attractions, which include camps where elephants are beaten into submission, cruel live animal performances, and decrepit zoos where animals are denied everything that is natural and important to them.
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