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Free the Disney Dolphins
  • Petitioning Proprietor(s) of Disney World

This petition will be delivered to:

The Seas with Nemo & Friends Pavilion
Proprietor(s) of Disney World
Chairman, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Thomas Staggs
Vice President, Animal Programs and Environmental Initiatives
Dr. Jackie Ogden
Vice President, Epcot
Erin Young
The Walt Disney Company
CEO, Walt Disney Company
Robert A. Iger
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Operations
Meg Crofton

Free the Disney Dolphins

    1. Katie Emmons
    2. Petition by

      Katie Emmons

      Burlington, VT

 • In the wild, dolphins can travel from 40 to 80 miles a day, using echolocation and sonar which they rely upon as acoustic creatures.
• In captivity, they are confined to barren concrete tanks where they are forced to perform circus tricks for the paying public. They are unable to use echolocation- as the sound waves ricocheting off of the tanks walls create stressful confusion for these animals- in some cases causing them to go literally insane.
• In the wild, they hunt live fish, and have a natural diet.
• In captivity, they are hand-fed dead fish and are routinely given various medications to prevent serious ailments- such as stomach ulcers -which are a result of the stress in captivity.

Four male dolphins are currently being held at Disney World’s Epcot Park. They live in a dark and murky pool surrounded by observation windows lined with people, screaming children, loud music, amplified voices and other stressful sounds.
They are literally treated as a ‘side-show’, and there is little to no information released publicly about them.
Disney claims that these dolphins are involved in ‘research programs’ at their park, but by simply visiting Epcot, it quickly becomes clear that there seems to be no educational or conservation outcome from these ‘programs’.
These dolphins do NOT belong at a noisy, crowed theme park- living in an artificial indoor facility with little to no exposure to natural sunlight- they belong in their natural habitat- THE OCEAN.

If Disney truly wishes to contribute to environmental research and help educate the public about these animals, they will make the humane choice and release these animals to sea-pens- allowing them to live in their natural habitat- the ocean -and receive rehabilitation.
We’re flooding Disney with letters, pressuring them to release their dolphins- join us!
By signing the petition, you are helping these dolphins get closer and closer to real freedom!

Visit our campaign site:

- Blue Freedom team

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 40,000 signatures

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      This is it guys- we're down to the last few thousand signatures needed in order to reach our goal.
      This is where you come in- sign if you haven't already done so- and SHARE. Share this like crazy- it's the only way this can work!


      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      We need your help to reach our goal! We still need 5K more signatures, and we need them by July 4th! PLEASE SHARE THIS PETITION WITH 5 FRIENDS TODAY!

    4. Reached 30,000 signatures
    5. Will you share this petition with 10 friends?

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you so much everyone for your overwhelming support to help us free the Disney Dolphins!
      Guess what? I'm totally happy to announce that we have gathered over 29,000 signatures from people who truly care about dolphins all over the world!

      Now I have a favour to ask you- will you help us reach our goal of 40,000 signatures? We still need approximately 11,000!

      We would so appreciate it if you could take a moment right now to share our petition with ten of your friends. The more people that know about this situation, the sooner these sweet, beautiful dolphins will be free!


    6. 26,257 signatures and growing!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      Keep sharing our petition with friends and family. The more the word gets out, the closer the dolphins at Disney will be to freedom!

    7. Reached 25,000 signatures
    8. 18,000+ signatures!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      And counting!

    9. Reached 17,500 signatures
    10. 13,000 and counting!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for your support! Please, keep sharing! The more the word gets out about these dolphins, the sooner they will have a chance to live in the ocean once more.

    11. Reached 12,500 signatures
    12. 4000 signatures and counting!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      Due to all of the amazing support this campaign has received, we have upped our goal to 40,000- 10,000 for each dolphin! Can you help us reach this goal and give these dolphins an even louder voice?

    13. Reached 4,000 signatures
    14. Video footage of the dolphins at Epcot.

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the video from Katie's visit to the Disney dolphins earlier this spring.

    15. Reached 1,500 signatures
    16. 1,000 signatures!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all so much for helping us give the dolphins at Disney a VOICE! Keep sharing and spreading the word!

      "“The preservation of our American wildlife is very close to me, the fish in our streams, birds, deer, and other animals in our fields, forests and wetlands. These are all important parts of our national heritage, and we must protect them if future generations are to enjoy them.” -Walt Disney as Honorary Chair for National Wildlife Week - National Wildlife Federation 1957

    17. Reached 1,000 signatures
    18. We’re over halfway to our first 1,000!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      We’re aiming for 4,000- one thousand for each of the captive dolphins incarcerated and exploited at Disney. So Ranier, a wild capture, almost has his one thousand. We are their voice.

    19. Reached 500 signatures
    20. We have over 250 signatures thus far!

      Katie Emmons
      Petition Organizer

      We're getting there! Keep sharing!

    21. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • 2 days ago


    • Gnanesh Gutta WAYNE, PA
      • 2 days ago

      I like animals and they are cute

    • Cara Parks WALNUTCOVE, NC
      • 2 days ago

      I love Disney but f them for doing this to poor dolphins

    • Eli Canham AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      I love animals.

    • Vanessa Roguski MOONEE BEACH, AUSTRALIA
      • 4 days ago

      Every soul has the right to be free. Holding these sentient beings against their will is truly one of the most incredibly cruel acts you can do. They love, feel pain and happiness just as we do. Set them free.


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