As sad as it is, the issue of overpopulation is one that is literally deadly. "Every year, millions of cats and dogs are euthanized in our nation’s animal shelters because there are more pets than there are responsible homes for," says the American Humane Association ("Pet Overpopulation"). To give you some actual numbers, according to The Humane Soc... ... middle of paper ... ...e Importance of Purebred Dogs." Babette Haggerty on Dogs & Training. Blog Spot, 7 Apr.
News Watch. Retrieved from http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2012/11/02/interview-with-san-diegos-zoos-animal-enrichment-expert-dr-lance-miller/ Szokalski, M. S., Litchfield, C. A., & Foster, W. K. (2012). Enrichment for captive tigers (Panthera tigris): Current knowledge and future directions. Retrieved from http://www.zoossa.com.au/__files/f/301261/Enrichment%20for%20captive%20tigers%20(Panthera%20tigris).pdf Zoological Society of San Diego. (2014).
When hearing the facts about Orcas in captivity I was shocked. It has been proven that Orcas in the wild have a life expectancy of 30 to 50 years and their maximum being 60 to 70 years for males and 80-100 for females. Sadly the life expectancy in captivity is only 9 years. The mental, emotional, and physical stress that a captive whale suffers can weaken their immune system and make them prone to disease (SeaWorldofHurt.org). Even though they are kept in an environment free from predators, pollution and other threats, they die young.