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Guest Corner: Calling an End to Captivity


Given my profession, I’m mindful of how technology helps businesses of all types become more efficient. One industry helped by technology is the "animal captivity" business of amusement parks and attractions. It is a huge industry, employing thousands, generating billions of dollars in revenue, and it is greatly assisted by advancements in breeding, diet, behavioral enrichment, and habitat replication.

I've been to many such “attractions” and am more ashamed of myself each time I visit. Like many people, I am in complete awe when I see a dolphin, sea otter, or other such creature in close view. But regardless of that, holding animals in captivity for our amusement is a losing battle. A recent Toronto Star article shed light on the poor conditions in a Canadian waterpark called Marineland that made me consider the role of animal captivity. Stories such as this underscore that keeping animals in parks for our entertainment is not viable.
We need to put the people, technology and skills of this industry toward protecting and allowing these animals live their lives in an appropriate environment, while it still exists. For those animals who are endangered, it will always be better to rebuild their habitat instead of putting them on display.
If you haven’t seen the movie The Cove, I urge you to take a look. It’s both sad and shameful look at what we do to incredibly majestic animals. Regardless of your position on animal rights, you can't deny that no animal was meant to live in a cage or be captive for the amusement of others.
How can we live a compassionate life while allowing such situations to exist?
From Guest Blogger Kevin Costain - Torontonian, small business owner, and tech expert. Check out his regular blog at blog.cwl.cc.

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