What do you think about the claims that living in captivity can cause animals mental health problems (For example Orcas)
I do not doubt that animals can suffer from mental health issues, whether living under the care of man or in their natural habitat. But I’m also not going to start making a ton of assumptions on an animals’ mental health without the data to back it up. Mental health issues is an insanely complicated thing in humans, and would be just as complicated, if not more-so in other animals because we can’t ask them. There is too many variables that can affect mental health from environment, experiences, genes, etc. So I have no problem in thinking an animal can develop mental issues, but I’m not going to point the finger and blame captivity because that’s just one factor out of many.