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Despite Death, the Show Continues

Written by PETA | September 7, 2011

Despite the death of a dolphin named Nea at the Brookfield Zoo on Monday, it was business as usual when shows resumed the next day. Nea suffered a fractured skull after apparently colliding with another dolphin. Staff were alerted to the collision after hearing a “loud pop.”

With particularly twisted logic, the zoo’s senior vice president of “collections” claimed the show resumed since the dolphins “love to do the demonstrations because it is part of their normal behavior.” For the record, dolphins’ “normal behavior” is swimming dozens of miles a day, not swimming in circles in a concrete tank.

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Many other animals have died in troubling circumstances at the Brookfield Zoo, including Mame, an elephant in her prime at age 34 who was found on the ground with serious injuries, a 4-month-old tiger cub who lost his right foreleg and part of his tail after being attacked by another tiger, a giraffe named Dusti, and 16 stingrays used in the touch tank.

Now that scientists have proved that dolphins talk, let’s use our own vocal cords to converse with family and friends and remind them that every ticket purchased to a zoo or aquarium means supporting the miserable lives and deaths of captive dolphins and other animals.


Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • SusanM says:

    The whole idea ofn sea shows is awful. These sick peoplen are using these poor fish and animals for gain and profit and not seeing that they have sufficient medical attention or adequate trainors. These shows SHOULD BE stopped! Why do these dolphins have to die and be stressed by performing? The Brookfield zoo should be investigated and the vice president is a jerk with no regard for life. Save the animals!

  • Mel says:

    It angers me how horrible people are, ZOOs are not ok, circus are not ok, testing is not ok. How the hell do people think they are ? those animals deserve to be free, live without danger. No wonder animals attack humans every chance they get. If it wasnt for humans,animals wouldnt be in danger.

  • alana says:

    it doesnt even matter if there not interesting. its sick.

  • AndreaNRC says:

    Yes.Dolphins natural insticts are to jump through hoops and a zebras natural coat is spotted. Sea animal shows arent even that interesting, honestly.

  • Elena says:

    Los delfines no son payasos, tienen que vivir en libertad en el mar. Dolphins are not clown, they must be free at the sea