Stop the development of a dolphin attraction
  • Petitioned Turks and Caicos Government

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Stop the development of a dolphin attraction

    1. jen rhodes
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      jen rhodes

Already numerous in the United States, the number of captive dolphin attractions in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America is growing.

They create a demand for live dolphins, most of which are taken from wild populations during bloody hunts. In many dolphin hunts, including those in Japan, the hundreds of animals not selected for live sale are butchered inhumanely for meat.

Many dolphins do not survive the trauma of capture. Of those that do, 53% die within three months of confinement. Captive dolphins also suffer and die from intestinal disease, stress-related illness and chlorine poisoning.

To a dolphin, a pool is a cage. These fast moving animals, which form complex social groups when free, cannot behave naturally in captivity. On these grounds, WSPA campaigns for the closure of all dolphin attractions.

The mortality rates and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins prove that a lack of stimulation causes them terrible stress. Swimming listlessly in circles is just one common indictor of boredom and psychological distress.

Space is also an issue – pools are miserably small for large, far ranging animals that would swim up to 50 miles a day in the wild. The shallow waters expose dolphins’ delicate skin to painful sunburns.

By withholding food, some trainers coerce dolphins into repetitive and unnatural behaviours, performing ‘tricks’ for the public. Hunger forces the dolphins to ignore their most basic natural instincts. They are even trained to beach themselves, despite the danger of doing so.

Visitors don’t always realise that the much promoted dolphin ‘smile’ does not reflect of their emotional state. It is simply the shape of their mouths.


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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 9 months ago

      "We must fight against the spirit of unconscious cruelty with which we treat the animals. Animals suffer as much as we do. True humanity does not allow us to impose such sufferings on them. It is our duty to make the whole world recognize it. Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.!"

      (Albert Schweitzer)

    • Carsten Svendsen VIDEBæK, DENMARK
      • 9 months ago

      Dolphins are wild animals and should not be kept in a small pen as captives only to get fed by performing. Imagine a human getting put into a 2 square meter box. You wouldn't like that either, would you?

    • Penny Odom SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      Time to stop keeping wide ranging marine mammals in substandard conditions (there IS no way to replicate usual living conditions) for these intelligent marine mammals

    • sandra goldberg PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 10 months ago

      animal preservation and love them

    • Sheila Pompan NEW YORK, NY
      • 10 months ago

      From spending many hours in the company of wild dolphins I know this to be a travesty.


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