Re: “New at Point Defiance: Touch tank of stingrays” (TNT, 5-4).
Encouraging visitors to harass and handle captive animals is reckless and cruel. By nature, stingrays shun human contact, but in touch tanks they have no chance to escape the constant onslaught of groping hands. The mortality rate for rays in these invasive tanks is staggeringly high.
It’s clear that the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s mission is more about giving visitors a cheap thrill than protecting animals.
(O’Connor is a staff writer with the PETA Foundation.)