The relationship between cetaceans and humans throughout history has been fraught with inconsistencies and abuses. Captivity represents one of the ways that humans have objectified and exploited cetaceans, and it has had a tumultuous history. Despite a moratorium on the capture of wild cetaceans for display, the dolphinarium industry continues to be lucrative and popular in the United States and around the world. But the toll of captivity on cetacean welfare is devastating, and there is an abundance of scientific evidence to show that cetaceans cannot thrive in captivity. There are a number of growing efforts to end cetacean displays, including progressive movements to promote cetacean rights and personhood. These efforts continue to force the marine mammal captivity industry to retreat and are facilitating the turning of public opinion against captivity and providing enforceable ways to protect cetacean rights.
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