Target: Board of Directors at Atlanta Pride
Goal: Urge Atlanta Pride to skip party at Georgia Aquarium to protect sound-sensitive mammals from harm
Atlanta Pride has been targeted over the past couple of years from Georgia residents and celebrities such as Jane Lynch and Martina Navratilova about the blaring music that takes place during the event’s kickoff party at the Georgia Aquarium. Despite growing concerns from thousands of Pride supporters and statements from animal experts, Atlanta Pride organizers continue to dismiss the harmful issue that could be simply fixed. Dr. Lori Marino, senior lecturer in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University said, “There is no way that the animals are not affected by the sound, knowing how sensitive they are. A heap of scientific evidence shows they cannot thrive in captivity. They die earlier, exhibit more stress-related diseases and other behavioral problems.”
The dolphins and beluga whales are guided by an intricate sonar system, which is thwarted in the small tanks at the Georgia Aquarium. Therefore, the excessive outside noise distresses the animals and as a result, they become fearful and aggressive. There have been efforts made by one major facility that is under construction, Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, that will not exhibit sound-sensitive marine mammals at all. This is one positive example that the Georgia Aquarium should learn to follow.
A new example in appealing to the Atlanta Pride’s Board of Directors will urge the party to switch the venue to a more humane space in 2013. The time has come for the party to consider the harm that is caused in the use of blaring music to the sound sensitive mammals.
Dear Atlanta Pride’s Board of Directors,
I urge you to reconsider using the Georgia Aquarium in 2013 to protect the extremely sound-sensitive mammals from harm. Based on numerous expert reports, it is no secret that the innocent dolphins and beluga whales will be in danger. Dr. Lori Marino, senior lecturer in neuroscience and behavioral biology at Emory University said, “A heap of scientific evidence shows they cannot thrive in captivity. They die earlier, exhibit more stress-related diseases and other behavioral problems.” An outpour of concern from Georgia residents, celebrities such as Jane Lynch and Martina Navratilova, and even thousands of pride supporters, is growing and furthermore proves the necessity to switch the venue for 2013.
The Georgia Aquarium should follow this positive brand-new example set by one major facility currently under construction, Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, that will not display the sound-sensitive mammals at all. The participation in such a party with hurtful blaring music to the mammals on the other side of the glass is not a means for celebration and should be avoided at all costs. Please ban your party at the Georgia Aquarium and set a positive example by protecting the mammals from cruelty.
[Your Name Here]
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