Opposition builds for dolphin swim park in Panama

Posted Monday, June 25, 2007 9:53 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A marine mammal theme park proposed by a group of former Sea World executives for this isolated stretch of western Panama has been stalled by animal rights activists who claim “swim with the dolphins” attractions are cruel and anti-environmental.

Read more from The LA Times via FortWayne.com.

Monday, June 25, 2007 2:04 PM
Isn't a good portion of their economy based on something that was perhaps one of the greatest anti-environment projects in the history of the modern world - the Canal?

I'm just saying.....

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Monday, June 25, 2007 3:15 PM
Yeah, pretty ironic.

I'm a tree hugger and all, but I really don't have a problem with this provided the animals are well treated. This particular project doesn't sound like it has any real conservation value, but facilities like this have trainers that love the animals and they're well fed.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 4:01 PM
Well, it could be argued that the canal reduces pollution by cutting shipping costs. Reminds me of folks who insist on using cloth diapers because disposable diapers take up too much landfill. But how much detergent is used to wash those bad boys?

I don't know. Perhaps after the larger picture is examined, the canal and the disposable dipers are the worst options.

I agree with Jeff regarding the dolphins. And if anything, they raise awareness that we aren't the only ones on the planet.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007 2:57 PM
I find this double standard in human treatment of animals really funny.
On the one hand - look at the cute dolphins!! look at the cute little dog cubbies!!! etc.
And then, we all eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, and built intricate machines for "industrial meat production" that automate the animals life (such as autmatic cages/chambers that you can put the animal in when it is little, that automate day/night/feeding/cleaning procedures etc. up to the point it goes hanging on the hook).

I was working at this agriculture show once where they had both worlds collide in adjacent halls: One hall was the zoo for the sweet animals, the next hall was for public slaughtering.

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