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The idaho aquarium is an established and well

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Unformatted text preview: essional. He acknowledges that not every staff member graduated with a degree;7 however, each applicant is hired based on prior experience and that prior experience dictates the position they will begin with (Hall). For example, a nurse doesn’t simply get hired based on the credentials earned right out of college. First, they become an assistant or shadow an actual nurse. With this practice and observation, the hopeful applicant now has enough experience to back up their credentials. The same goes for zoos and aquariums. It takes years of dedication and study to understand the behaviors and desires of the animals. Due to the intense training and value of education, the hiring process adheres to the health, welfare, longevity, and quality of life for the animals. Many folks opposing the idea of keeping animals in exhibits and tanks feel sorry for those animals sitting stationary for hours on end, putting on remarkable shows as the audience oohs and aahs for each stunt. These folks are worried that the stress of performing in front of a large crowd will trigger negative effects on the animals, resulting in a decline in health. These animals perform many times a week for a large audience, and these performances are a huge part of why folks enter these facilities. Malloy 3 The thought of these animals continuously performing is not only against their natural instinct, but adds unnecessary stress on the animals. This problem is unavoidable, for these animals “show off” in order to receive the audience’s funds to promote their general welfare. That is not to say, however, that the zoos and aquariums aren’t constantly searching for new ways to better care for the well being of these animals. These performances are a necessary evil, but are monitored closely so that no harm is brought on these animals. The money raised by these performances outweigh the possible side effects, and result in more advanced technology, more funds for the enclosures, and more ways to improve the quality of life. Nathan Hall, of the Idaho Aquarium, spoke about the many factors that go into preserving the health and well- being of each individual in captivity. He reported that the daily rounds include checking fins, eyes, skin, and more for cuts or abrasions. Furthermore, weekly rounds include checking and maintaining the quality and temperature of the water in each tank. If the required levels aren’t met, they replace between fifty to sixty percent of the current water (Hall). Not only do these institutions check daily to make sure each exhibit maintains the correct environment for the animals, they take great measures to fix the problem if need be. Mr. Hall also explained that - if during the daily round - an animal is found to have...
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