Anat Ghelber
Some people call me Ana

Animal abuse in Cancun, Mexico

I recently visited the “Interactive Aquarium Cancun” in Cancun, Mexico, with the hope of enjoying the experience of swimming with dolphins and observing various sea creatures. However, my visit was dampened by an upsetting encounter. I came across an animal, which looked like a species from the crab family, confined in an extremely small enclosure. This left the creature unable to move around or even stand up. Witnessing this deeply troubled me, prompting me to address my concerns with the supervisor. Unfortunately, the response I received was disheartening. In a rather dismissive tone, the supervisor stated, “They are just animals; they don’t care,” in Spanish. This nonchalant attitude towards the well-being of the animals was concerning. Furthermore, my disappointment grew when I observed the lack of proper monitoring in the section where visitors were allowed to touch and interact with starfish and other sea animals. I witnessed some individuals, particularly young visitors, mishandling these creatures, disregarding their well-being. Despite raising these issues with a member of the aquarium’s staff, no discernible action was taken. This disregard for the welfare of the animals left me deeply troubled. I urge anyone who shares a concern for the ethical treatment of animals to carefully consider whether to support this establishment. It seems clear that the welfare of these creatures is not being adequately prioritized, and their mistreatment is a cause for significant concern. As someone who deeply cares for animals, I implore others to join me in raising awareness about the potential ethical issues at the “Interactive Aquarium Cancun.” Together, we can ensure that our actions as tourists reflect a genuine commitment to the well-being of animals. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

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