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DC- Ethical?

Discussion in 'SeaWorld/Discovery Cove/Aquatica' started by Deafjeff, Mar 1, 2010.

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    Hi,

    I am thinking of going to visit DC but I always refused to visit any zoos at home (UK) I am not sure if DC is similar to Zoo....

    Jeff
     
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    Oooh mate that's an emotive subject here right now what with the recent news.

    My personal opinion - and it will differ from others here - is...

    Sea World keep animals in captivity yes. But a lot of those animals are threatened species in the wild due to human activity so that helps me a bit. Also Sea World do a heck of a lot behind the scenes for conservation globally so me paying my entrance dollars allows them to carry on this vital work.

    So for me, keeping animals in captivity is not ethical, but Sea World do it far, far better than most.

    That's not helped you at all has it. :rotfl:
     
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    DC isn't really a 'zoo' with exibits there is the area where you interact with the dolphin , a coral reef filled with tropical fish and rays where you snorkel and a ray pool to feed the rays and an aviary to feed the birds.

    It isn't like a zoo at all, it feels like a luxury resort for the day and my family had probably one our best days ever there; and the best bit was snorkelling over the reef not the dolphin encounter.

    Unlike some of the more 'theatrical' shows at SW the emphasis when you interact with the dolphins is all about teaching you about the animals, rather than getting them to do tricks.

    If you go you will not be dissapointed and would make a wonderful follouw up to your other plans as the whole park is 'all inclusive' and they limit the numbers so it never feels crowded at all
     
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    Thanks.... that is useful to know......

    The only dilemma I have is.......

    DC or Universal Studio!!!

    How do I post a poll and which area of forum should I place it in?
     
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    They are very very different places!

    One is a relaxing day of luxury the other is a mad dash around a theme park with some cool rides - totally different experiences!

    The best person to ask would be your partner not us :lol:
     
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    We cant decide!!!!

    WE are tempted by the new Harry Potter and my partner quite like the idea of going on the ripride thing (without me of course!!!)

    Then again, quite like the idea of meeting dolphins sigh....
     
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    Then both it is :D

    You are spending all that money going, would seem a shame to have to choose :D
     
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    you know at DC you can book luxury packages? to surprise people with- that might suit your needs
     
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    I know lots of people have done the Discovery Cove thing and absolutely loved it. If you've got the money, then go for it!

    My personal belief is that places like Sea World, Busch Gardens, Disney are doing everything in their power to treat the animals in their care with kindness and compassion while trying to show humans what these creatures are like so that we will help with conservation.

    In a perfect world, they would all live free in the wild. It is not a perfect world :-(
     
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    One other thing to keep in mind is that a lot of the animals these places have would never be able to live in the wild again. The may be injured or have been separated from their Mother and never learned to hunt, and left in the wild, they would die.

    Of course there are a million other factors to consider..:unsure:
     
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    we are not going to dc [or seaworld because of time] but if we were going for 3 weeks i would go. the money also stopped us from doing dc. so i would do both if you have the time and the money. dont forget dc is for only 1 visit whereas you can get unlimited visits to other parks depending on what pass you go for x:thumbsup:
     
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    DC and Universal are two totally separate things and it's hard to pick one from the other :unsure:

    I'd say DC is more of a luxury day so if you want a more relaxing holiday I'd definitely choose DC.

    It's expensive but SO worth it, and remember to factor in the money on food/drink etc for the day that you'd be spending at a park and deduct the cost of that from the 'entrance price' to DC :yes:
     
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    Hi,

    Seeing we both are getting married again so it going to be Universal Studio (minues the ripride roller coaster!!!!!)
     
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    yep that sounds good to me:yes:
     
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    Just remember that Harry Potter is going to be very very crowded since it's so new this year.
     
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    DC would be better for a mini honeymoon within a holiday IMHO :D
     

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