A few months back, one aquarium in Quebec, Canada, known as Aquarium des Iles, took in two harp seals pups which were to help bring in more tourists throughout the summer days.
Thus, Zak and Mika arrived at this aquarium with the help of Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans and served their purpose well, meaning that quite large crowds gathered in order to gaze upon these very young harp seals.
However, it seems that this Saturday, the 15th of September, the aquarium planned to kill these two pups, supposedly for the sake of research, simply because its infrastructure and existing facilities do not allow it to look after these animals throughout the harsh winter months.
More precisely: the aquarium is expected to shut down once this year's season comes to an end.
Naturally, one could argue that the seals could be simply released back into the wild, yet the people working with said aquarium claim this cannot be done as the animals run the risk of contaminating wildlife, seeing how they spent many months in captivity.
To make matter even worse, Global Animal
informs us that the people at Aquarium des Iles knew they could not release the seals into the wild once winter comes from the very moment they decided to take them in.
Commenting on this issue, the Island Wildlife Natural Center, whose staff is presently struggling to save the seals, said that, “We are almost speechless by this aquarium’s loathsome and self-serving attitude towards wildlife. While we do not condone wild animals held in captivity, a responsible aquarium will, at the very least, provide year-round habitats.”
Following the general public's involvement in this matter, the Aquarium agreed to not kill the seals, yet it is now demanding that it receives donations of up to $73,000 (€55,890) so as to be able to look after them until other wildlife sanctuaries agree to take them in.
One can still help save the two seals, and make sure they get new homes, by signing this petition here