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witnessing an ear-splitting dance party at the Georgia Aquarium to kick off Atlanta
Pride festivities, PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews sent a letter to the
aquarium's president and COO David
Kimmel to set the record straight about how this kind of audio torture
of animals is not only inappropriate but also likely a violation of Georgia's
knowledge that music and other noises at this volume are profoundly distressing
to, at the very least, the belugas and the animals they attack when this stress
and frustration manifests itself as aggression … the aquarium continues to willfully
subject the animals in its care to excessive noise during planned events.
described his experience at the prison aquarium in detail in a Huffington Post blog post, noting that belugas have a sophisticated
sonar system that helps them navigate the arctic waters in which they swim
thousands of miles every year in large, social groups. In captivity, the sonar
bounces off tank walls, frustrating the animals. Dan spoke (or rather, shouted)
with a tour guide who acknowledged that during high-volume events, the male
belugas start to attack the harbor seals with whom they share a tank.
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PETA friend and gay rights supporter Martina Navratilova heard that Atlanta Pride held an event at the
aquarium, she told Dan, "I cringe at any zoo or a theme park/aquarium with
captive animals. But the big ones, whales, dolphins, giraffes, elephants, etc.,
the big cats—they make me cry."
can help the animals affected by this event by contacting the Georgia Aquarium to ask
that it implement a policy immediately that would allow only soft ambient or
classical music at events. After all, it's not as though the animals don't have
enough stress already by being held captive in a tank that—to them—is the size
of a bathtub.
by Heather Faraid Drennan
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