Please remove all captive Dolphins and Whales from the Finding Nemo Ride

Please remove all captive Dolphins and Whales from the Finding Nemo Ride

    1. Kristen Bond
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      Kristen Bond

      Los Angeles, CA

Why just the specific park (EPCOT at Disney World), because I believe that if we hit one park at a time, we are more likely to succeed.  The Dolphins at EPCOT only serve in tanks to be observed, and there is a "behind the scenes" tour for humans to interact with them.  

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Thanks for your time!  :)

Below is a note pulled from WDC's site, regarding the specifics of why Whales and Dolphins should not be held captive. : http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/Introduction_to_Captivity.pdf

In captivity, many trainers want the best for the animals in their care. However, in spite of their
best efforts, cetaceans fare poorly in confinement. Furthermore, there is a moral debate
associated with this issue that is backed up by recent research on dolphin intelligence. In his
book ‘In Defense of Dolphins, the New Moral Frontier’, Thomas I. White concludes that dolphins
should be regarded and treated as ‘non-human persons’.


Most whales and dolphins are naturally gregarious, have naturally ‘smiling’ features and are able
to learn ‘tricks’. Ironically this makes them desirable for public display. However, the more we
learn about them as individuals and their lives in populations and at the species level, the more it
raises the ethical question of whether they should be trapped in, what would be to us, a prison
cell.


In the wild, whales and dolphins…
o Have large home ranges (e.g. orcas can dive as deep as 60m and travel as far as
160km in a day and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Cornwall, UK, have been
recorded travelling up to 1076km in 20 days. 
o Are almost always in motion, even when resting and spend less than 20% of their time
at the water’s surface.
o Orcas and Dall’s porpoise are two of the fastest animals in the sea (Dall’s porpoises can
reach swimming speeds of up to 35mph).
o Live in highly complex societies; with some individuals holding key roles within a
specific group (e.g. communicator with other pods, nursing).
o Choose to form strong, long-lasting social bonds with certain other members of their
pod.
o Are intelligent and can demonstrate problem solving and abstract concept formation,
e.g.. utilise tools - female bottlenose dolphins in Australia have learned to use natural
sponges to protect their beaks while foraging among sea urchins on the sea bed.
o Are altruistic, some species have been witnessed helping other members of their pod,
other species and even humans in trouble. They are self-aware and display highly
responsive behaviour.

 

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Please remove all captive Dolphins and Whales from the Finding Nemo Ride at EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, FL.

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    • Nat Rios STATE OF VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      The money that could have been used to confine the dolphins should have been fed to restore and kick start the Wonders of Life pavilion. Preach, sister!

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    • Vanessa Vanhorn CLANE, IRELAND
      • 9 months ago

      Disney it was you who first gave animals, personalities and emotions through your classic animated movies and now you go against all you have taught by trapping these beautiful creatures, these creatures display all of the above and should be wild and free! let them go home!

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    • Paula Shepard IONE, CA
      • 10 months ago

      These animals go through torture in these exhibits

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    • Debbie Ahern NORTON, MA
      • 10 months ago

      • 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.

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    • Julian Layton NORTHCOTE POINT, NEW ZEALAND
      • 10 months ago

      Morally wrong to keep intelligent creatures in captivity

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