Dear West Edmonton Mall,
I was disappointed to learn that you’ve decided to continue to house wild animals (PDF) in your mall. In light of the three adult dolphins and five calves which have died in your care in the last fifteen years, I’d hope that you would give up on keeping animals in captivity.
The three sea lions you’ve recently chosen to add to your mall’s ‘exhibits’ will be exposed to constant noise, distraction and light. While it’s basically inhumane to keep wild creatures in captivity, its doubly so to do it in that most artifical location–a shopping mall.
Until you remove these sea lions and commit to an animal-free mall, I won’t be visiting your establishment.