“[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’.
“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?
“The Royal Thai Police have seized more than a dozen unregistered and illegally registered elephants. … The [registration] system does not require owners’ proof that the animals were born in captivity. The system thus opens the door to the laundering of elephant calves.” (http://www.wwf.org.uk/what_we_do/press_centre/index.cfm?uNewsID=6782)
‘Seizing’ elephants seems a sizeable challenge, especially if they’re lathered up.