Please STOP Dolphin Therapy Program with Taiji Dolphins in Friguia Park in Sousse

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Please STOP Dolphin Therapy Program with Taiji Dolphins in Friguia Park in Sousse

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Roland Y. Billeter started this petition to Ministry of the Interior (Tunisia)

Tunisia is known for beauty and richness of nature, hospitality and attraction for tourists from all over the world. Now, you put this perception on danger. Worldwide initiatives successfully create awareness for the cruelty of dolphin massacres in Taiji Japan, where every year hundreds or thousands of dolphins and whales are cruelly killed because of the worldwide dolphin captivity industry. Tunisia is in danger to harm tourist perception as it actually actively supports the dolphin massacres in Taiji.

In Friguia Park, a German Trainer, imports dolphins from Taiji in order to offer dolphin therapy weeks for children, that he sells for 1500 Euro per child and week and generates personal profit with it. He admits in public, that the dolphins were captured in Taiji, Japan.

During the annual dolphin drive,  dolphins are driven into a small cove in Taiji, Japan by boats. Entire extended family units are caught this way.  Elders, adults of reproducing age, pregnant females, juveniles and babies are all driven into the cove. Once the dolphins are netted within the cove, their fate is sealed. The captive selection and slaughter process commences. Marine mammal trainers will join the dolphin hunters in the shallow waters of the killing cove, selecting individuals – the “prettiest” and “juvenile” dolphins without scars or visible flaws - for the captive entertainment industry. Most often, the remaining dolphins are all brutally slaughtered for human consumption. No compassion is shown, as grandparents, parents, pregnant females, and babies are all killed. A metal rod is hammered into the spinal cord of the dolphins, causing paralysis. The dolphins are still conscious, breathing and struggling as they watch their families slowly die. In the case of larger pods, a blood-filled cove is seen and documented. Simultaneously, the dolphin trainers are taking part in the live capture process; here we are shown the direct, bloody link between the mass dolphin killings and the captive industry. The dolphins chosen for the entertainment industry are then transported to training facilities and then sold for huge money (up to 150000 Euro per animal) to marine parks and aquariums around the world. Only these huge selling prices enable the annual slaughter season in Taiji, all the profit is generated with captivity industry. The price achieved for a dead dolphin for consumption is roughly 300 Euro. It's arguable that these amounts that would never fund the expensive cruel annual drive and that slaughter would immediately end if captivity industry would stop importing animals from Taiji.

Death is only the beginning of the suffering for dolphins captured in Taiji. Taiji, Japan is “ground zero” for the international slave trade of live dolphins. The captive industry has become a billion-dollar worldwide trade, with all money made from the exploitation, imprisonment and lifelong suffering of these sentient beings.  The captive dolphin entertainment industry and the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji are directly and inextricably linked.  Supporting a live dolphin show or a confined swim-with-dolphin program anywhere in the world is the same as killing a dolphin in Taiji. 

For the dolphins stolen from their families and sold into captivity, life is beyond unbearable. The dolphins born into a life of captivity exist in prison-like conditions and never know their own ocean.  It is now illegal in the United States to import a dolphin that has been caught in the wild; therefore the captive-bred dolphin business has exploded. Other countries have also banned importing dolphins from Taiji.  Taiji is the international hub for dolphin capture and slaughter.

In the name of the Dolphin Conservation Lobby (DCL), millions of supporters worldwide against dolphin captivity, animal welfare and healthy tourism: PLEASE STOP THE DOLPHIN THERAPY PROGRAM IN FRIGUIA PARK IMMEDIATELY ! Tourists from all over the world will appreciate your efforts and continue to visit your wonderful country !

 

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