Source: Repost from Peta2 (great group for young people interested in helping animals!)
A Vet Visited SeaWorld, and This Is What She Saw
Dr. Heather Rally, a veterinarian who has experience working with marine mammals, visited SeaWorld San Diego in September 2014. Her observations reveal that orcas aren’t the only ones who suffer at SeaWorld—dolphins, walruses, and pilot and beluga whales do, too. Here are her (not so) shocking findings:
1. Dolphins with skin conditions and likely depressed immune systems interacted with the public.
A study published in the Canadian Journal of Comparative Medicine found that “[s]tress, environmental conditions and general health appear to play a major role in the clinical manifestation of dolphin pox.” Despite the stressful conditions of confinement, dolphins are still expected to perform and interact with the public.
“The dolphins involved in human interaction activities had obvious skin lesions,” says Dr. Rally. These pox-like lesions…