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The debate on your kid’s aquarium field trip

by | February 12, 2019

The local aquarium is a common field trip destination for many schools, whether it be in primary or high school. What kid doesn’t want to see their favorite sea animal, especially if it means missing math class for a day? Unfortunately, there is an internal controversy when it comes to your kid’s aquarium field trip as they are essentially zoos for sea life. Here are both sides on the debate of school field trips to the aquarium.

The debate on your kid's aquarium field trip
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The debate on your kid’s aquarium field trip

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The debate on your kid’s aquarium field trip

For aquarium field trip

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Growing up in the Bay Area, I remembered when the Monterey Bay Aquarium had a great white shark for about half of a year and how it was presented as exciting and fun news. As an 8-year-old at the time, I was blown away when I had the seemingly once in a lifetime chance to see a great white shark up close. It’s true that an aquarium provides a lot of captivating scientific information and that seeing these magnificent beings in real life can be a great experience for young minds. There are also numerous aquariums which focus on the rescuing, rehabilitation, and the release of sea creatures which may have otherwise died on their own. One of the most well-known aquariums with this practice is the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida.


Against kid’s aquarium field trip

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Technically, an ethical vegan wouldn’t support or go to an aquarium for the same reasons that we don’t go to zoos, circuses with animals, or Seaworld, because animals are not for us to use. Many aquarium fish will spend the remainder of their lives in tanks, which is a depressing life for them as they will probably never get the chance to go where they truly belong, the sea. As for larger species such as turtles, dolphins, and sharks? It’s unclear and some aquariums have not been very transparent about the means of acquiring certain animals. Whether it’s an exotic fish or a giraffe, we shouldn’t normalize caged animals to children.  

Did you allow your children to go on a school field trip to an aquarium? Why or why not? What is your take on your kid’s aquarium field trip? Let me know in the comments below.


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Gabriella Anaya

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