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Sharks Freed From Cramped Tanks!

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Posted April 12, 2011 by Rachelle Owen

Not shockingly, customers at a California pet-store chain were upset to see black-tipped reef sharks being displayed in small tanks. Like most captive sharks, these animals were swimming into the tanks’ glass, resulting in chronic injuries.

After PETA was alerted to the sharks’ plight last summer, we convinced the chain to release one injured shark so that the animal could receive veterinary care and be given a new home; the chain also said that it would not place sharks in new stores. But after another shark was injured a couple months ago and PETA posted an action alert on its website, the pet store made the compassionate decision to release all its sharks to more species-appropriate facilities.

Sharks naturally roam for miles in the ocean. In captivity, they often exhibit neurotic behaviors as a result of stress, including repetitively swimming into the sides of their tanks. Confinement also deprives them of engaging in natural behaviors such as foraging for food, choosing mates, raising their young, and exploring reefs.

What can you do to help other sharks? NEVER shop at pet stores that sell animals, hang out at aquariums (gross!), or other businesses that exploit animals for profit.

Stay loud!
-Rachel

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  • 2010 days ago

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    We have been working on stopping the sale of Nurse sharks to Pet Stores. We will be adding all sharks that get 4′ or bigger. http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/not-just-a-fish/

  • 2068 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This, i agree with<3

  • 2068 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    this is really great! i’ve been very passinate about sharks ever since i was about 3 or 4. i’m planning on being a shark biologist so this is great! 🙂

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