Congress hears both sides of debate over marine life shows at theme parks

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About 200 animal parks, aquariums and zoos are licensed to display marine mammals to the public. To be eligible for a license, a facility must prove it offers an education or conservation program based on professionalized recognized standards within the industry. The National Marine Fisheries Service, which issues the permits, has never issued specific rules that define the standards, does not review the facility for compliance once the permit is issued and has never revoked a permit from such parks, the subcommittee staff wrote in a memo.

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