Argumentative Essay on the Pros and Cons of Dolphins Living in Captivity

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Argumentative Essay on the Pros and Cons of Dolphins Living in Captivity versus the Pros and Cons of Dolphins Living in the Wild.

The Common Bottlenose Dolphins (Tursiops Truncatus) are probably the most popular species of dolphins around. Coming under the order of Cetecea and the family of Delphinidae, the bottlenose dolphins are closely related to whales and are highly intelligent creatures (source 7). They are widely distributed around the world in the deep tropical and sub-tropical seas as well as other warm regions. For this reason, there is no recorded global estimate of the number of Bottlenose Dolphins in this world. According to source 9, it is regarded as a common cetacean, and too large and strong to be captured by accident.
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First and foremost, the dolphins have the freedom to roam the coastlines that is their playground (source 3). Their social interaction and organization remains intact. The dolphins are able to live in the community that they are so used to. Additionally, source 4 has clearly stated that they are then able to rely on their natural instincts to care for themselves in the wild.
On the cons list for living in the wild, food is not provided as it is under the care of keepers in the parks. Undoubtedly, there will be occasions when the animal is unable to find sufficient food and will be forced to go hungry (source 9). Medical aid is also not so freely available although if detected by any of the animal care organizations, the ailment will be treated accordingly. In the wild, animals will have to fend for themselves. They will have to live with the fear of predators. Nevertheless, it is all part of the natural ecosystem. However, human interferences with the dolphins’ natural habitat (pollution, heavy boat traffic, fishing operations – gear and nets) will eventually lead to more and more animals getting killed. Their natural habitat continues to be destroyed by humans, causing the animals to have to constantly move from place to place.
It is quite obviously better for dolphins (and any other wild animals, for that matter) to live in their natural habitat. Often, marine parks and zoos claim that their special educational programs help enlighten