Dolphins Die After Rave at Connyland
  • Petitioned Thurgau Kantonale Verwaltung
  • Responded

This petition was delivered to:

Thurgau Kantonale Verwaltung
ConnyLand
Veterinäramt
Dr. Paul Witzig
Bürgermeister
Adrian König
Regierungspräsident
Dr. Kaspar Schläpfer
Switzerland Tourism
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Wäldi municipality

Dolphins Die After Rave at Connyland

    1. Carin Zellerman
    2. Petition by

      Carin Zellerman

      Stockholm, Sweden

Two dolphins were found dead following a rave at Connyland. The Swiss marine park had initially been accused of killing Shadow and Chelmers by allowing a deafening two-day rave to be held just a few yards from the dolphins' pool. Campaigners had warned that the dolphins could be affected by holding the event so close to the pool, yet the authorities went ahead with the rave. Animal activists from ProWal and The Whale and Dolphin Protection Society recorded noise levels of over 100 decibels outside the park, well within earshot of the dolphins. According to Andreas Morlok from Prowal, this is comparable with that of a pneumatic drill on top volume. It has now been suggested that the dolphins may have been drugged and poisoned.

The official death rate at the Connyland dolphinarium, and its associated travelling dolphin shows is unknown. In the summer of 2000 two calves died soon after birth. Controversy over conditions at Connyland resurfaced after the death of fourteen-year-old Gecko, prompting calls for the park to be closed. Connyland was accused of violations against the Swiss Animal Welfare Act due to strong evidence documenting cruelty to the displayed marine mammals. As of 2003, Connyland had owned at least 36 dolphins, 24 had either been confirmed dead or their fate unknown. In 2010, charges were pressed against Connyland for an alleged serious violation of the Animal Protection Act. That case is still pending. Shadow and Chelmers are the seventh and eight dolphins to die in Connyland in the past three years.

The Connyland dolphinarium in Lipperswil is the only remaining dolphinarium in Switzerland. Please ask for the closure of this dolphinarium!

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    1. Decision-maker Switzerland Tourism responds:

    2. This means the end of the dolphinarium?!

      Carin Zellerman
      Petition Organizer

      After the recent ban on imports of dolphins in Switzerland, Connyland might have to close the dolphinarium after this season, according to Brandenberger!

    3. Two dead dolphins 'forgot to breathe after taking heroin substitute'

      Carin Zellerman
      Petition Organizer

      According to a leaked toxicology report, Chelmers and Shadow were probably killed by a party-goer's heroin substitute!

    4. Reached 100,000 signatures
    5. Dolphins may have been fed drugs by ravers

      Carin Zellerman
      Petition Organizer

      Although the initial reports claimed that only one dolphin (Shadow) had died following the rave, new reports say that another dolphin named Chelmers was also found dead. New investigations suggest that the dolphins may have been drugged. Shadow was found soon after the event but Chelmers died two days later after a 'drawn out and painful' death.

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • janet abbey SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • 2 months ago

      Just some more blood of dolphins for the amusement of humans who cannot imagine how to amuse themselves.Please close this awful place down.

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    • Renee Vincent SEQUIM, WA
      • 2 months ago

      What STUPID STUPID STUPID THOUGHTLESS PEOPLE! CHARGES SHOULD BE BROUGHT UP AGAINST THESE IDIOTS! SHUT DOWN CONNYLAND!!!!!!!!!!!!! COMPLETELY INCOMPETENT, STUPID IMBECILES!

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      • 2 months ago

      les générations futures nous jugeront sur nôtre capacité à mettre fin à la cruauté et à la barbarie et à faire preuve de compassion

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    • Hissah Al waily RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA
      • 2 months ago

      I feel so so sad

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    • Kathy Passafiume ORLAND PARK, IL
      • 3 months ago

      It was an obnoxious and arrogant thing to do.

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