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Please remove all captive Dolphins and Whales from the Finding Nemo Ride

Why just the specific park (EPCOT at Disney World), because I believe that if we hit one park at a time, we are more likely to succeed.  The Dolphins at EPCOT only serve in tanks to be observed, and there is a "behind the scenes" tour for humans to interact with them.  

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Thanks for your time!  :)

Below is a note pulled from WDC's site, regarding the specifics of why Whales and Dolphins should not be held captive. : http://www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/Introduction_to_Captivity.pdf

In captivity, many trainers want the best for the animals in their care. However, in spite of their
best efforts, cetaceans fare poorly in confinement. Furthermore, there is a moral debate
associated with this issue that is backed up by recent research on dolphin intelligence. In his
book ‘In Defense of Dolphins, the New Moral Frontier’, Thomas I. White concludes that dolphins
should be regarded and treated as ‘non-human persons’.


Most whales and dolphins are naturally gregarious, have naturally ‘smiling’ features and are able
to learn ‘tricks’. Ironically this makes them desirable for public display. However, the more we
learn about them as individuals and their lives in populations and at the species level, the more it
raises the ethical question of whether they should be trapped in, what would be to us, a prison
cell.


In the wild, whales and dolphins…
o Have large home ranges (e.g. orcas can dive as deep as 60m and travel as far as
160km in a day and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Cornwall, UK, have been
recorded travelling up to 1076km in 20 days. 
o Are almost always in motion, even when resting and spend less than 20% of their time
at the water’s surface.
o Orcas and Dall’s porpoise are two of the fastest animals in the sea (Dall’s porpoises can
reach swimming speeds of up to 35mph).
o Live in highly complex societies; with some individuals holding key roles within a
specific group (e.g. communicator with other pods, nursing).
o Choose to form strong, long-lasting social bonds with certain other members of their
pod.
o Are intelligent and can demonstrate problem solving and abstract concept formation,
e.g.. utilise tools - female bottlenose dolphins in Australia have learned to use natural
sponges to protect their beaks while foraging among sea urchins on the sea bed.
o Are altruistic, some species have been witnessed helping other members of their pod,
other species and even humans in trouble. They are self-aware and display highly
responsive behaviour.

 


Letter to
Walt Disney World - EPCOT
Please remove all captive Dolphins and Whales from the Finding Nemo Ride at EPCOT Center at Walt Disney World, in Orlando, FL.