Why is the breeding of orcas so important? We asked 3 experts: the veterinarian Dr. Geraldine Lacave, behavioral expert Chuck Tompkins and husbandry expert Brad Andrews. All three are renowned experts for orcas and have worked with many animals around the world.
They agree, the breeding of orcas in human care is important on many levels and should not be prohibited. They are not alone either. More than 80 of the world's most renowned experts and researchers in the field of marine mammals are in favor of the long-term husbandry of these animals in zoological facilities.
Loro Parque is, according to TripAdvisor, the best zoo in the world, but someone can wonder: Orcas are not threatened at all, why must they be protected? That orcas are not threatened, is only half the story: Several orca populations are close to extinction. There are already isolated populations that will not survive without help.
A major problem is that killer whales can no longer reproduce successfully. Pollution makes the animals infertile and this problem will be the case, in the long run, also in populations that are not (yet) as bad off as their relatives elsewhere. These problems do not dissipate when the animals are no longer kept in human care.
An essential premise for protection is comprehensive research - especially in the field of reproduction. So far, relatively little has been found to the reproduction, because that is not explorable in nature and in human care, there were very few births so far, which were scientifically accompanied in detail because there were relatively few at all.
In human care, orcas breed very well. Orca-Baby Ula, who can be seen in the video, has already participated in various studies that one could never have done in nature. The 3 experts have accompanied the baby for a long time and it is also thanks to their work that orca babies in human care today have really good chances of survival.
Of course, the premise of husbandry is that it meets the highest standards. That's the case in Loro Parque. This has been confirmed, for example, by the American Humane Association, one of the most renowned and successful animal protection organizations. It was also confirmed by numerous other organizations and authorities.
» Are the Orcas at Loro Parque doing well? Watch the answer here: https://youtu.be/3FI3UyTWrS4
Anyone who advocates a breeding ban for orcas, therefore, only promotes the extinction of the species and populations and not their protection. The animal rights industry spends a lot of time and money trying to convince the public, politics and the media that a breeding ban for orcas and other dolphin species is necessary. In fact, the opposite is the case: the breeding of orcas is very, very important and necessary to protect the animals.
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