Friday, February 24, 2006

Cruel Condominium Owners in Singapore Keep Sharks in Small Tank

I totally agree with this quote from the story below:

"Sharks are adapted to life in the open ocean and to confine them to a small tank denying them the freedom to express the natural behavior is cruel,"

Article:

Furore over sharks in Singapore condo tank

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Thu Feb 23, 10:03 AM ET

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Three sharks have been found in a cramped display tank at a marine-themed condominium in Singapore.

Animal Concerns Research and Education Society, Acres, said the tank was "far too small" and the "sub optimal conditions" were compromising the sharks' welfare.

Two of the captives are reef sharks about one metre (3.3 feet) in length while the other is a nurse shark about twice their size, Acres said Thursday.

The group alleged the tank is too small to accommodate the potential full growth of a nurse shark, which is about four meters.

"Sharks are adapted to life in the open ocean and to confine them to a small tank denying them the freedom to express the natural behavior is cruel," said Amy Corrigan, Acres' director of zoology.

Acres said a tip-off from the public led to the discovery.

The group alleges the access hatch into the aquarium was not locked, making it accessible to residents.

Neither the condominium's management, nor Singapore's Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority, could be immediately reached for comment.

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