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Avoid Deadly Destinations This Summer

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Posted May 17, 2011 by Christina

Summer vacation is almost here, and we know you’re dying to get out of the house and have some good old fashioned fun (roller coasters? Yes, please!)—but while you’re off celebrating your newfound freedom, be sure that you’re not contributing to the imprisonment of others. Sometimes it’s hard to choose which destinations are the deadliest, so we’ve put together a “who’s who” of places you should definitely pass on.


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Disney’s Wild Animal Kingdom (Orlando, Florida)

Before the park even opened, 31 animals died because of neglect—including two cranes who were run over by safari trucks, four cheetah cubs who swallowed toxins, and two otters who ate poisonous seeds from trees planted in their exhibit!

SeaWorld (San Antonio, Texas; San Diego, California; Orlando, Florida)

Not only do dolphins and whales at SeaWorld live in a virtual bathtub, at least 36 orcas and 54 dolphins have died at U.S. SeaWorld facilities. The aquarium industry worldwide has claimed the lives of at least 150 orcas and thousands of dolphins (that’s a lot of deaths, guys!).

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (Vallejo, California)

Since 1995, eight elephants have died at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. Elephants at Discovery Kingdom are even forced to perform tricks and give rides to park visitors (I know—elephant rides?!). Elephant handlers and visitors to the park have been injured by elephants on three separate occasions, but Discovery Kingdom World keeps on. Don’t they know that elephants never forget?

Six Flags Wild Safari (Jackson, New Jersey)

In one three-month period, 26 animals died at Six Flags Wild Safari, with causes of death ranging from neck and skull fractures to hypothermia, tetanus, pneumonia, and drowning. As if that isn’t enough, Wild Safari has sold “surplus” baboons to biomedical researchers— definitely not okay.

Saint Louis Zoo (Saint Louis, Missouri)

Born at the zoo in 1983, a chimpanzee named Reuben was torn from his family when he was only a year old and sent to another zoo. Two years later, he was transferred to yet another zoo, where he spent the next 14 years of his life totally alone before the zoo acquired other chimpanzees. In 2005, zoo workers didn’t to properly lock the chimpanzees’ cage after cleaning it, and all four chimpanzees inside escaped. Reuben was killed when he was shot nearly a dozen times—just another reason not to go to zoos.

The good news? You don’t have to support these companies! Go kayaking, canoeing, camping, hiking, skiing, or biking with your friends and family! You could also hit the beach, check out museums, or go to amusement parks that don’t use animals. The opportunities are endless!

What’s your favorite way to enjoy the summer? Post below and let us know!

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  • 1991 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Avoid Romania at all costs. They euthanise hundreds of dogs by beating them to death, burning them alive, axing or crowbarring them, and in a lot of cases these dogs are in a shelter. The want to pass a law to make this legal, so no punishment would be given for the recent case on 11 May where 220 dogs were massacred in two hours. Please boycott romania and tell them why

  • 1999 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I love to go to Kings Dominion… and then for my B-Day I hit the mall… And usually on Saturdays I go to Skyline or Bull Run Park with family! I will also be going to the beach and all… BEST SUMMER EVAAA

  • 2008 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What I like to do in the summer is hang-out outside with my pet rats or invite my friends for a sleepover in the backyard.

  • 2009 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This summer I’m going to MGM to visit the lion habitat there. I’m also going to the Flamingo to see the birds there! Those places are legit. Not like these places… I’ll also be with my chickens, my frontyard flock of 50 or so. They have alot of freeranging room and they get treats!

  • 2027 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I will be visiting Lithuania and seeing my favourite duckies and doggie in the world ^^

    Another idea for people is to volunteer at an animal shelter. They are in desperate need of help and it looks good on your CV! 🙂

  • 2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Thank you SOOOOO much for mentioning the Saint Louis Zoo!!! I live not too far from it and people always talk about how “wonderful” it is! I am so glad that the truth has been exposed!

  • Liv

    2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Well this summer for vacay, we’re going down to Costa Rica for 2 weeks and we’ll hit the beach and even volunteer at a local rainforest rescue & rehab center! There’ll be spider monkeys, 3-toed sloths, birds, kinkajoos, and more!!!
    { http://www.institutoasis.com/animalrescuecenter.htm }

    Plus, the place we’re staying at is really eco-friendly and the owners work on ending deforestation. They have a family farm -not that I’ll be having any of that milk. They are cool with me being a vegetarian (since they make breakfast) and they even donated to my fundraiser to get a chimp out of research!!!

    The rest of the summer I’ll hit the pool, shop, hang, and DEFINITELY throw a vegan BBQ! Plus, I’ll go leafleting at Notre Dame (a college here) football tailgates about going vegan, since there’s tons of animal food at those! 🙂 I’m even planning some McCruelty and KFC protests around town!!!

  • 2029 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I will be enjoying my summer with friends, family, and my pool in the backyard. I always wanted to ride a skateboard so that should be fun to learn. I’ll probably throw a Vegan BBQ in my backyard with some friends and then enjoy my pool.

    Most importantly I will be leafleting around my community, protesting at local McDonalds and KFC restaurants, and volunteering, hopefully, at a local Animal Shelter.

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