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.

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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.

Enculturape

“Sandra, because of her captivity and exposure to human beings for her entire life, is what primatologists call an enculturated ape. … The needs of an orangutan are easy to determine based on studies of orangutans in the wild. … But are there some choices and preferences to which Sandra has a right?” (http://news.mongabay.com/2015/0315–ethical-ape-col03.html)

And would her choices be as doomed as those made by us, the enculturating apes?

Liberation

“An orangutan held in an Argentine zoo can be freed and transferred to a sanctuary after a court recognised the ape as a ‘non-human person’ unlawfully deprived of its freedom.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/12/21/uk-argentina-orangutan-idUKKBN0JZ0QA20141221)

A suitable sanctuary might be a library.
Bless Terry P.

Convict

“82 percent [of Americans] said that the inability of killer whales to engage in their natural behaviours while in captivity is a ‘convincing’ reason to end this practice, with 57 percent saying it is ‘very convincing’.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/06/poll-shows-big-jump-in-numbers-of-americans-opposed-orca-captivity)

A little less convincation, a little more action*.

*Yes, I appear to be referencing Elvis.

Aquariumbrage

“Public feeling towards captive whale and dolphin shows has dramatically altered since the release of the film [Blackfish]. Recently a number of entertainers, including Heart, Barenaked Ladies and Willie Nelson, have all cancelled performances at SeaWorld.” (http://uk.whales.org/news/2013/12/seaworld-counters-bad-publicity-with-newspaper-ads)

Three points for three acts named after body parts.