- Leo KungOcean Park
- Grant AbelOcean Park~ General Curator of OP
- Suzanne GendronOcean Park
The time is NOW. Phase Out and Close Down your Dolphin Exhibit & breeding programme.
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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), we have continuously requested this information for 5 years now and we still wait.
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 of cetaceans phased out. No dolphin deserves imprisonment, the public cannot unsee what has become obvious- abuse and suffering. Dolphins belong in the ocean, not in minuscule concrete holes. This is indeed common sense and as we are in 2017, it's time to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for the needless pain, suffering and deaths of innocent creatures.
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.
We request Ocean Park set an example, and be part of the solution, not the problem.
- Ocean Park
- Ocean Park~ General Curator of OP
- Ocean Park
Dear Mr Leo Kung,
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. And to meet the demand from the society, Sea World in the US stopped breeding programme for Orcas and phased out their barbaric Orca show, and the next wave of protest will be against captivity of other marine mammals.
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 as all the natural cycles and amazing phenomenons are not replicable by humans. 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. Repetitive performances and interactive sessions with tourists are extremely stressful for dolphins, and that also increase the chances of disease transmission between humans and dolphins. As a result, the “lucky” ones in the aquariums only live an average lifespan of 5.8 years.
Don’t build our happiness on dolphins’ pain. Please promise to phase out your dolphin show and also the active breeding programme. Thank you for your time and consideration.
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