Target: Dr. John Nightingale, president and CEO of Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre
Goal: Demand the Vancouver Aquarium be transparent and respectful about its part in the death of innocent animals.
Hana, one of just two of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Pacific white-sided dolphins, recently died at an unusually early age. The dolphin’s death occurred a few months after the death of another one of the aquarium’s animals, a beluga whale named Nanuq, who died at SeaWorld.
Hana was around 21 years old when she died, which is very off-putting when compared with the fact that Pacific white-sided dolphins usually live to the age of 40 years old. The aquarium now has over 40 deaths of animals on its hands, with the Dodo, an animal welfare community, reporting that many of these deaths occurred after failed attempts at captive breeding.
Although the aquarium stated that the cause of Hana’s death was unknown, they did make a point of saying that it was not because Hana was a wild animal kept in captivity. The aquarium’s statements have largely been about the sadness of the death of Hana, yet they have failed to mention much about the living conditions that may have brought the poor animal to this young death.
In a move that seems to hardly express the sadness in losing such a young animal life, the aquarium has already announced that they are looking for a replacement for Hana. This kind of disrespect for an innocent wild animal life just further demonstrates the irresponsibility of the aquarium and its lack of empathy and respect for the lives of animals, instead considering these beautiful creatures as commodities.
This kind of blatant disrespect and dishonesty surrounding the death of a helpless, innocent animal cannot go unnoticed and should not be tolerated. Demand the Vancouver aquarium be transparent with the public about this abnormal death and follow respectful procedures in the steps taken after Hana’s death.
Dear Dr. Nightingale,
One of your aquarium’s Pacific white-sided dolphins, Hana, has died recently. The dolphin’s death occurred just a few short months after the death of another one of the aquarium’s animals, a beluga whale named Nanuq. Your aquarium now has over 40 animal deaths on its hands, with many of these deaths possibly caused by problems of living in captivity.
Hana was only 21 when she died when most dolphins her age live to be 40. You not only failed to disclose this fact to the public, you also haven’t provided any transparency surrounding the cause of this innocent animal’s death. To add insult to injury, you’ve already talked about finding a replacement to perform in place of this animal.
This kind of blatant disrespect and dishonesty surrounding the death of a helpless, innocent animal should not be happening. I urge you to be transparent with the public about this abnormal death and follow respectful procedures in the steps taken after Hana’s death.
[Your Name Here]
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