Petitioning Ocean Park OPCF 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
Ocean Park OPCF
Secretary of the Endangered Species Advisory Commitee Mr. Patrick Tsang
Ocean Park Una Lau
and 7 others
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
Chairman Leo Kung
致香港海洋公園盛智文先生:
請聆聽海洋公園裏海豚的吶喊。用石屎建造的飼養場,怎能充當遼闊的海洋!再者,枯燥無味的牆壁,又如何能夠滿足這種高智慧生物的身心需要!
在這個唯利是圖的世界,海洋劇場經營者總會當海豚為生財工具。海豚是屬於海洋的,在那裡,牠們每天能游超過一百海里。相反,被囚在場館的海豚,每天要不斷來回水缸達一千次,才能滿足日常的運動量。
這就是為何海豚專家扎克.哥斯托和李察.奧巴利極力反對捕捉和囚禁海洋哺乳類動物。英國已經關閉了所有場館。在巴西,利用海洋哺乳類動物作娛樂用途是違法的行為。
綁架海洋哺乳類動物,早已被視為極之霸道。用作捕獵用途的快艇包圍海豚,製造混亂,令受驚的海豚誤游向獵區。獵人用網包圍可憐的海豚後,再將牠們拖到近岸的駁艇,挑選出年青的雌海豚。其餘的海豚,因在捕獵中飽受折磨而遭遺棄,當中有不少死於溺水,驚嚇,肺積水或肺炎。
儘管閣下的場館設計有多高格調,它怎樣也不能代替天然環境。僥倖生存在場館的海豚,平均壽命也只得5.8年。對這種用聲納和同伴溝通的動物來說,發出的聲波,就如回力鏢一樣,反彈回場館,對在內的海豚造成無比壓力。有些場館已備大量佩托比斯摩(學名為鹼式水楊酸鉍,一種用來止胃灼和嘔心的藥品)治療海豚的長期創傷。浸了氯化物的水缸,可令海豚惹上皮膚病,甚至致盲!過往場館內有不少海豚,都是死於肺炎或因壓力而染上的疾病。
為了保護海豚和教育工作,請支持為這個計劃撥款。我們將會拍攝捕獵海豚實况,拯救和療養過程,輯錄片段為『海洋劇院』,把愛護海豚的訊息帶上互聯網或課室。
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.

Sincerely,