Phinland

“The only dolphinarium operating in Finland, in the Särkänniemi amusement park in Tampere, is due to close.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/10/dolphinarium-to-close-in-finland)

The country has also recognised the oxymoron in its name and will henceforth be Finsea.

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Belugared

Georgia “Aquarium had been trying to overturn a US federal decision which initially denied its request to import 18 [beluga] whales captured in Sea of Okhotsk, Russia. … That original refusal to allow a permit has now been upheld and delivers a significant blow to the captivity industry in the US.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/09/us-aquarium-loses-court-battle-to-import-beluga-whales)

Thus leaving the captivity industry looking rather like a blow hole.

Beluga Wail

“[Georgia] aquarium argues introducing new belugas into the captive population in the US would diversify the gene pool, make the population more stable and broaden the database of research on belugas’ needs and capabilities. … ‘If we don’t win here, the population of belugas in human care in North America would eventually cease to exist,’ [a Georgia Aquarium spokesperson] said. ‘It’s just not currently a sustainable population.'” (http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/aug/08/aquarium-legal-battle-beluga-whales-russia)

The animal rights movement once again overlooks the plight of shareholders, or ‘human carers’.

BarbieWorld

“Toy giant, Mattel has announced that it is stopping the production of all SeaWorld-branded merchandise, including SeaWorld Trainer Barbie dolls … partly due to growing unrest over the treatment of orcas in captivity.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2015/04/barbie-turns-her-back-on-seaworld)

It had become too difficult to explain the danger of psychologically dysfunctional captive orcas to the dolls.