Miami Seaquarium statement:
The July 27 “Empty the Tanks Day” is a publicity stunt by anti-marine park and aquarium protestors designed to discredit marine mammal facilities. The campaign paints a distorted picture of what our park offers and ignores the value of the high quality educational programs and conservation efforts of accredited institutions and the quality of care they provide for marine mammals.
Miami Seaquarium plays an important role in educating the public about marine life conservation. More than 75,000 school children and 500,000 guests visit Miami Seaquarium each year to learn about marine mammals and other residents of the sea.
According to a 2012 public opinion poll conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, the public strongly believes seeing and experiencing live animals is the best way for children to learn about marine mammals. The survey of more than 1,000 adults (ages 18 and over) found that 97 percent of people agree that marine life parks, aquariums and zoos are important because they educate children about marine mammals – animals that children might not have the opportunity to see in the wild. Additional findings include:
- 94 percent believe the people who care for the animals at marine life parks, aquariums and zoos are committed to the welfare of the animals.
- 93 percent believe that many of the successes to save endangered or declining species are at least in part a result of work done in marine life parks, aquariums and zoos.
- 90 percent agree that species in the wild benefit when their biology and physiology is studied in marine life parks, aquariums and zoos.
The above findings are a clear indication of the important role zoos and aquariums play in the public’s education. Each year, the park successfully rescues, rehabilitates and releases many injured and stranded marine animals. Our professional staff of veterinarians, animal care experts and experienced trainers gives the highest quality care possible to all our animals.
Miami Seaquarium cares for marine animals. It is what we do. Institutions like Miami Seaquarium play a vital role not only in our society’s understanding and appreciation of animals, but also in the preservation and conservation of marine wildlife.