End the suffering of polar bears at Sea World

It has been scientifically proven that over 95% of polar bears kept in zoos suffer from behavioural disorder, many zoos still keep these animals in too small and inadequate enclosures. This includes Sea World on the Gold Coast, who have Polar Bear Shores and is home to Hudson, Liya and Nelson, the only Polar Bears in Australia, and the exhibit supposedly replicates the Arctic summer.

How can the warm sub tropical climate of the Gold Coast even come close to replicating the environment that a Polar Bear needs. In natural settings the wild polar bear walks very long distances while hunting, which they cannot do in the small concrete prison that is called Polar Bear Shores. Furthermore the high differences in temperature compared to his home, the Arctic, contribute to their suffering.

Another problem is that most enclosures are made of concrete and provide no hiding places, so that the visitors can have a better look at the bears. This increases the stress of the bears even more.

Seaworld holds themselves out as being educational, even having the following blurb on their website:

You’ll be guided by a Sea World Education Officer who will lead you on an exciting journey of discovery as you learn about the Polar Bears’ amazing abilities and the relationship between the preservation of the world’s environment and the survival of its precious inhabitants

But as Animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) say, keeping polar bears in captivity is only about money.

What can people learn about the natural habitat of polar bears in zoos? Absolutely nothing," Peter Hoeffken from PETA Germany. "Zoos have only one purpose: to attract visitors.

Even Sea World’s own Facebook page hosts comments from supporters that are damning like the following:

Therefore polar bears in captivity should be forbidden and the breeding should be stopped, because no zoo, including Seaworld Polar Bear Shores, can provide the Arctic climate and the big districts the polar bear needs to live a normal live without behavioral disorder or suffering.
Please take action and help the polar bears, boycott Sea World, write to Sea world outlining the cruelty of Polar Bear captivity, write to your local member calling for the ban on captivity of Polar Bears.



International Polar Bear Day

International Polar Bear Day (27.02.17) aims to raise awareness about the threats and challenges facing polar bears - global warming and the loss of sea ice - direct consequences of the greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activities. For more information, go to http://polarbearsinternational.org/



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