Perhaps you saw the story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage earned certification from American Humane, which sounds a lot like another well-known animal welfare organization, the Humane Society of the United States, but is not related.
In fact, the two organizations have diametrically opposed goals. American Humane rates facilities that keep wildlife captive for the purpose of human entertainment while the HSUS works to free animals from their lives of servitude.
It’s the difference between an organization that attempts to free wrongfully held prisoners and one that inspects the facility where they are kept.
I’ve written before about the Mirage Dolphin Habitat. It’s my contention, after reviewing the studies conducted at the Habitat, that the captive breeding program, in which five dolphins have been stillborn, in no way contributes to protecting endangered dolphins in the wild.
Even Sea World has abandoned its ill-conceived captive whale breeding program, to the delight of real animal activists. But MGM Resorts International is not only standing firm, it’s hyping the dolphin exhibit’s rankings from a group that masquerades as animal advocates. (See the ad below from Jon Ralston’s Flash this morning.)
If MGM Resorts International truly cares about animal welfare, only one option will do.
A MESSAGE FROM MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL: American Humane, the first national organization in the U.S. devoted to animal welfare, announced on Tuesday that Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage has earned Humane Conservation certification. The Mirage facility passed a rigorous independent audit to become the first zoo, aquarium or conservation center in the western continental United States – and only the 14th in the world – to earn the prestigious Humane Certified™ seal of approval.
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