"Whale shows . . . are proliferating at new marine parks across [China], driving demand for threatened species"
Orcas and beluga whales are among the marine animals caught up in a shadowy trade in which individual cetaceans – often caught illegally – sell for millions of dollars, they say.
Marine parks and aquariums are opening monthly in China, with more than 36 large-scale projects set to launch in the coming two years. This comes as many live animal shows in the United States and Europe are being scrapped due to widespread opposition.