started this petition to
Cresta Shopping Centre Management
Stop the confinement and exploitation of marine species at Cresta Shopping Centre!
Members of the public are horrified to hear
that Cresta Shopping Centre in Johannesburg plans to erect a Marine Aquarium inside
the mall in 2019. Animal exploitation of this nature is condemned across the
world, with similar facilities that hold animals captive being shunned and
boycotted. How is it possible that in 2018 a corporate company would consider
this to be a good idea?
We do not believe that Cresta Shopping
Centre management has adequately thought through the long-term impact of
constructing this aquarium. Their intent appears to be purely commercially driven
(under the guise of “education”), and no thought has been given to the sea life
that will be unfairly confined inside this tank. It has been proven that ninety
percent of animals housed in aquariums demonstrate stereotypical neurotic
behaviour, literally being driven insane in captivity, swimming repetitively backwards
and forwards, bobbing their heads, and circling their enclosures for hours on
Being held in captivity in an artificial
environment causes immense psychological stress to the animals. We are extremely
concerned for each individual who will be held captive in this aquarium with
twenty-four hour fluorescent mall lights, hundreds of noisy adults and
unattended children (made worse during periods of extended shopping hours), the
risk of power failures on the system (slight changes in temperature can be
detrimental to sea life), not to mention untrained and uneducated caretakers.
By taking children to these places, we are indirectly
communicating to them that it is acceptable to confine animals to small tanks
that dramatically restrict their movement.
We urgently request that Cresta Shopping
Centre management cancels their plans to hold captive over thirty different marine
species in a tank for “educational” purposes and instead find a viable and
economical alternative. Please sign the petition and let Cresta Shopping Centre
know that you will not be supporting them or their stores if they continue with
this absurd, outdated and poorly researched plan.
Emails can also be directed to Cresta’s General
Manager, Virginia Bester, at email@example.com