No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas
  • Petitioning Dave Blasko

This petition will be delivered to:

Director of Dolphin Habitat
Dave Blasko
Chief Operations Officer
Corey Ian Sanders
Director of Dolphin Habitat/Mirage
Dave Blasko
Chief Financial Officer
Daniel D'Arrigo
MGM Resorts Public Affairs
Yvette Monet
United States Dept. of Agriculture/APHIS/AC
APHIS West region
United States Dept. of Agriculture/AC
Chairman of the Board, Pres., CEO
Mr. James Murren
Nevada Governor

No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas

    1. Barbara Napoles
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Napoles

      Miami, United States

This petition was started in response to an article I recently became aware of regarding the exhibit “Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat” located at the Mirage hotel and owned by MGM Grand International.

Born Free USA , WSPA and Dolphin Project  have condemned this place for its claims of being a research and educational facility, while in reality it is motivated by profits. They have nicknamed it the “Dolphin Death Pool” and below you will find some information pertaining to this name.

1. We seek to get shade for the dolphins from the over 100+°F immediately.

2. We want APHIS to test the salinity and water quality and do a well-check on the dolphins in this pool.

3.  We ask  the Clark County School Board to stop sending students immediately to the Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage.

4. We want the Mirage to phase out dolphin shows at this hotel and to move the dolphins to a dolphin rehabilitation center.

5. We will boycott all MGM Resort properties until the Secret Garden closes the dolphin death pool.

Check out the latest video and the conditions of the dolphins:

Here is a list of the dolphins that have died there since its opening in 1990:

* Rascal – age 4 – Death unknown
* Pablo – age 10 – Died from rare fungus in its lungs
* Darla – age 18 – Died from chronic pancreatitis
* Squirt – age 15 – Died from respiratory ailment
* Picabo – age 18 – Died suddenly from internal tear in its stomach
* Bugsy – age 3 – Died from pulmonary abscess
* No name – Stillborn
* No name – 2 week old calf – died from pulmonary edema
* Sigma – age 32 – Died from heart failure
* Banjo – age 32 – Died from heart failure
* Merlin – age 40 (estimate) – died from pneumonia
* Sage – age 11 – death unknown
* St. Pepper – age 2 – lung infection

The attraction states that they take excellent care of their dolphins, however it seems to us that the mortality rate of these animals is very high. We believe that these bottlenose dolphins are subject to extreme temperature changes, from extreme cold (snow flurries) to extreme arid, dry conditions and pollution from a nearby highway. The pool is located in the heart of Las Vegas and specifically next to a busy highway. If you lived next to constant gas fumes from thousands of automobiles, you’d develop respiratory problems too!

This petition proposes its readers to urge the Mirage to prepare a plan to provide shade and/or relocate the dolphins to a facility that mimics the dolphins natural environment. These creatures belong in the ocean, not in middle of the desert. If they are truly a research and educational facility they would not need to be located in the Las Vegas strip.

We understand that dolphins who are born in captivity will not be able to be released in the ocean. However, we believe that the era of marine mammal captivity for human entertainment is over. We are no longer amused with dolphins performing unnatural behaviors.

The Mirage Hotel should start phasing out their wild dolphin habitat and replace it with this:

For the Dolphins, For the Whales, For the World!

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Thank you all for your support!


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Recent signatures


    1. Ric O"Barry to attend a Cove Viewing and Protest at the Mirage!

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Come view "The Cove" Documentary and meet Richard O'Barry, in person - A hero and inspiration to many. Now you have a chance to meet him in Las Vegas on Oct 2nd! Join us! Just 4 days away! He will be appearing at the West Charleston Library (Adjacent to CSN) - 6301 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada - Doors Open at 7PM - Its absolutely FREE.

      Mojave Dolphins presents... "The Cove" w/ special guest star Ric O'Barry | Facebook

      Mojave Dolphins presents... "The Cove" w/ special guest star Ric O'Barry | Facebook

    2. Second dolphin of the year born at Mirage habitat

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      "Dolphin calves remain very delicate throughout their entire first year of life and the animal care staff will continue to monitor their development as they bond with their mothers, nursing and testing their independence," the resort said today.

    3. Your signature is needed to help these Dolphins.

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      I have several petitions that are in desperate need of your voices:
      If we are to make a difference we really need your voice to be heard in Singapore. Thank you Its working!

    4. Yet another Dolphin is born in the desert!

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Duchess and her calf are in the Birthing and Research pool which is open to public viewing during regular operational hours of the facility. The calf's father, Lightning, is located in another pool.
      Please visit: Save the Blood Dolphins on Facebook

    5. Please help Stop the Dolphin Drives in Taiji

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      As Sept.1st approaches so does the slaughter season in Taiji, Japan. Please help and sign the attached petition. Thank you.
      You can also keep track of drives on my facebook page:
      Save the Blood Dolphins. :)

    6. Activists Hit Vegas to Rally Against Mirage's "Dolphin Death Pool"

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      More than 75,000 people have signed a petition to end the captivity of dolphins kept at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
      The extraordinarily high death rate has earned Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin...

    7. Reached 75 signatures
    8. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Dolphins Don't Belong in the Desert!

    9. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Born Free USA just sent out an action alert asking their members to join the call for The Mirage to shut down its dolphin exhibit:

    10. Sin City's "Death Pool" No Fun for Captive Dolphins

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      I've only visited Las Vegas once and personally didn't find it appealing. I couldn't imagine living in the noisy, bustling city for the rest of my life.
      Thankfully, I have a choice. But the dolphins in Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin...


    Reasons for signing

    • Yuku kurokawa THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
      • 1 day ago

      this must stop. I recommended so many people not to stay in this hotel. It is really sad to see the dolphins in a horrible place like this small pool. They really have to stop this.

    • olaf dormann GERMANY
      • 1 day ago

      No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas !!!!!

    • Eric Vanacore FRANCE
      • 3 days ago

      En notre âme et conscience.

      En notre arme la conscience...Maintenant !

      En nos larmes et conscience...Trop tard…

      Signez, partagez ! S.V.P., Merci !

      In our soul and conscience.

      With our weapon the Conscience…NOW !

      In our tears and conscience…Too late.

      Sign, share ! Please, Thank You !!!

    • greg halpin ELIZABETH, NJ
      • 3 days ago

      this is cruel and unnecessary

    • Rebecca Stillwell ALBANY, OR
      • 3 days ago

      I hate watching captive animals perform. It's beneath us and them!


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