In 2009, activists Ric & Lincoln O'Barry were filmed in the Taiji Whale Museum. They stood in front of what is quite possibly the WORLD'S SMALLEST DOLPHIN TANK. At the time, there were three spotted dolphins in the tank. Sadly, since that day, one of the three dolphins has passed away. The two remaining spotted dolphins, nicknamed "Sad" and "Lonely" by members of the Save Japan Dolphins team float in a perpetual coma-like state in the tiny aquarium. There is simply no room for them to do anything else. PLEASE help them by signing this petition and sending a message to the Taiji Whale Museum asking for more humane conditions for these sentient beings. They deserve so much better - YOU can help make that happen. Won't you?
Sad and Lonely as filmed by Brian Barnes of Save Japan Dolphins in May 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWCSdI0_VWY
The Team at Save Misty the Dolphin https://www.facebook.com/Savemistythedolphin
Save Misty the Dolphin is a social media campaign committed to ending the slaughter & captivity of marine mammals in Taiji & worldwide.
Wakayama Prefecture 649-5171
Phone: (country code) + 81-73-559-2400
Fax: (country code) + 81-73-559-3823
Gerald Dick, PhD. Executive Director
World Association of Zoos and Aquariums
IUCN Conservation Centre
Rue Mauverney 28
Phone +41 (0) 22 999 07 90
Fax +41 (0) 22 999 07 91
We write to you as concerned citizens -- scientists, fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers and children -- from all around the globe regarding the two spotted dolphins held in the small tank in your facility. The purpose of our letter is to humbly ask that you consider the suitability of this tank and the possibility of moving them to a larger, more adequate space.
It is our understanding that the tank originally housed sea otters. Following their relocation, three spotted dolphins were placed in the tank. Sadly, one of the three dolphins passed away and only two remain.
Video footage, photographs and first person accounts from visitors of the Taiji Whale Museum indicate that the two remaining dolphins float listlessly in the small tank, oftentimes without even opening their eyes. We understand that the Taiji Whale Museum prides itself in its research efforts. As such, you must know that dolphins thrive in open water, where they can frolic and play with their pod-mates. Will you please consider a more suitable space for these animals? A large sea pen would allow them to again experience the natural rhythm of the ocean, and to escape from the sounds and physical barriers in the Whaling Museum that interfere directly with their extraordinary echolocation ability.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this request. We appreciate your commitment to the well-being of these animals.