Petitioning Chairman Leo Kung (Chairman) and 9 others

Ocean Park, Hong Kong: Phase Out and Close Down your Dolphin Exhibit:

Trapped marine mammals are sad caricatures of the real thing. Please do not subject more creatures to pain and suffering for the sole purpose of public amusement.

We request a fully comprehensive list of information pertaining to the captive dolphins covering the last decade be made available for the public viewing.(i.e. DOB, Causes of death,  dates, parentage, wild- caught, captive bred)

Our community members, young and old, are interested in working out a solution for this age old dolphin exhibit that lacks any substantial educational value and sits uncomfortably with more and more ticket payers.  We would like to see birth control implemented and captive breeding phased out. No cetacean deserves imprisonment, the public cannot unsee what has become apparent. 

We feel that perhaps more effort, focus and attention should be applied to our local marine mammal mortality issue, with an emphasis rescue, rehabilitation and re-introduction.

As a first class city, we feel Ocean Park, HK should consider re-evaluating their ethical integrity and accountability in regards to the confinement of dolphins for entertainment purposes and breeding.

Letter to
Chairman Leo Kung (Chairman)
Ocean Park OPCF
Secretary of the Endangered Species Advisory Commitee Mr. Patrick Tsang
and 7 others
Ocean Park Una Lau
Timothy Ng
Mr. Matthias Li
Ocean Park~ Curator of Marine Exhibits Walter Tang
Ocean Park~ General Curator of OP Grant Abel
Ocean Park~ Chief Executive of OP Tom Mehrmann
Ocean Park Suzanne Gendron
別再將快樂建築在海洋哺乳類動物身上了! 不勝感激! 謹啟

Please add my voice to those opposed to the Dolphin exhibit at Ocean Park. Concrete tanks cannot replicate the expanse of the ocean, nor can they fulfil the physical or psychological needs of these bright, social creatures.

Marine amusement park spectators see animals in captivity, where instinctive behaviours are lost in a made-for-profit world. Dolphins belong in the ocean, where they normally swim 100 miles a day. Swimming around a tank 500 times just to cover 50 miles is cruel punishment.

Perhaps that is why ocean-life gurus Jacques Cousteau and Richard O'Barry oppose the capture and confinement of marine mammals. England closed its exhibits. Brazil outlawed the use of marine mammals for entertainment. Israel banned dolphin importation for use in marine parks and South Carolina prohibited whale and dolphin exhibits. In response to public aversion, the Virginia Beach city council just nixed plans to construct a $55 million dolphin tank.

The abduction of marine animals is notoriously inhumane. Capture boats engulf dolphins, who swim in close-knit pods, in loud noise and churning waters. The terrified animals are netted and dragged onto boats where abductors search for females of breeding age. Many discarded dolphins die from drowning, shock, lung aspiration or pneumonia.

No matter how "state of the art" your facility may be, it simply cannot duplicate natural habitat. . Many aquariums stock Pepto-Bismol to treat stress ulcers. Chlorinated tanks can cause dolphins to go blind and suffer skin disorders. Many succumb to pneumonia, ulcers or other stress-related illnesses.

Please consider diverting funds for this project toward local conservation efforts or other educational alternatives such as real-time videos of rehabilitation efforts broadcast into an "aquarium theatre", on to the internet, or into classrooms.

Thank you for your time and consideration.