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Change MGM Mirage Prize-Mirage has virus infected dolphins in captivity

Dear Ellen,

As a renowned animal lover, we are asking you to please change the 10th Day of Giveaways prize to The Mirage to another Las Vegas resort that doesn't promote dolphin captivity.  

The Mirage in Las Vegas has 10 dolphins currently being held in the blazing desert sun with minimal shade options.  These dolphins are 1,000's of miles away from their natural habitat in the Atlantic Ocean.  Captive dolphins spend an unnatural amount of time at the surface of the water waiting to be fed and stimulated. They are susceptible to sun burn, skin cancer and other skin diseases.  Many of these dolphins held at The Mirage suffer from skin lesions from a virus called PoxVirus in which environmental stress is a factor.

The Mirage has had 12 out of 22 of their dolphins die since their opening in 1990.  That's a 59% death rate.  

The awareness campaign Free The Mojave Dolphins has been exposing this situation to the public and even had Ric O'Barry of the Academy Award winning documentary The Cove come out to Las Vegas to speak out against The Mirage and their dolphins this past October. You've promoted this film and have had multiple interviews on the ethics of keeping dolphins in captivity.  As you are aware, there is a distinct link to the dolphin drive hunts in Japan and the dolphin captivity industry.

Please consider changing this prize and taking a stand against the dolphins suffering at The Mirage.

Thank you.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Caryn Weingarten
  • Eric Gold


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