No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas
  • Petitioning Mr. James Murren

This petition will be delivered to:

Chairman of the Board, Pres., CEO
Mr. James Murren
Director of Dolphin Habitat
Dave Blasko
Chief Finanacial Officer
Daniel D'Arrigo
Chief Operations Officer
Corey Ian Sanders
Director of Dolphin Habitat/Mirage
Dave Blasko
Nevada Governor

No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas

    1. Barbara Napoles
    2. Petition by

      Barbara Napoles

      Miami, FL

This petition was started in response to an article I recently became aware of regarding the exhibit “Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat” located at the Mirage hotel and owned by MGM Grand International.

Born Free USA and the WSPA have condemned this place for its claims of being a research and educational facility, while in reality it is motivated by profits. They have nicknamed it the “Dolphin Death Pool” and below you will find some information pertaining to this name.

A recent visitor of the exhibit stated that upon entering the facility, with admission price of $15, you are given a brochure which talks about conservation and gives you wild dolphin facts. However, advertisements on TV and magazines push their “be trainer for a day” programs to attract visitors.

Upon looking at the website we found that the trainer for a day program cost are as follows: Trainer for a day $495. Trainer with one observer $645 and Trainer with 2 observers is $795.00

Although this exhibit says it’s a research and educational facility and has “no scheduled shows”. The dolphins perform tricks (flips, jumps, tailwalking, beaching themselves on the platform) for the paying customers and are given fish to feed as reward. We’d like to point out that these are not natural behaviors for dolphins; it is a trained and taught behavior so that the dolphins could entertain.

This exhibit has been the death sentence for many wild and captive-born dolphins. The Review-Journal obtained records from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration that includes an inventory of the dolphins at The Mirage and cause of death for those that died.

Here is a list of the dolphins that have died there since its opening in 1990:

* Rascal – age 4 – Death unknown
* Pablo – age 10 – Died from rare fungus in its lungs
* Darla – age 18 – Died from chronic pancreatitis
* Squirt – age 15 – Died from respiratory ailment
* Picabo – age 18 – Died suddenly from internal tear in its stomach
* Bugsy – age 3 – Died from pulmonary abscess
* No name – Stillborn
* No name – 2 week old calf – died from pulmonary edema
* Sigma – age 32 – Died from heart failure
* Banjo – age 32 – Died from heart failure
* Merlin – age 40 (estimate) – died from pneumonia
* Sage – age 11 – death unknown
* St. Pepper – age 2 – lung infection;

The attraction states that they take excellent care of their dolphins, however it seems to us that the mortality rate of these animals is very high. We believe that these bottlenose dolphins are subject to extreme temperature changes, from extreme cold (snow flurries) to extreme arid, dry conditions and pollution from a nearby highway. The pool is located in the heart of Las Vegas and specifically next to a busy highway. If you lived next to constant gas fumes from thousands of automobiles, you’d develop respiratory problems too!

Also, we have found that in 2009 the Mirage had asked the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) to import two dolphins from Bermudas for breeding. It seems logical to think that those dolphins would have been bred to keep the tank stocked with dolphins.

This petition proposes its readers to urge the Mirage to prepare a plan to relocate the dolphins to a facility that mimics the dolphins natural environment. These creatures belong in the ocean, not in middle of the desert. If they are truly a research and educational facility they would not need to be located in the Las Vegas strip.

We understand that dolphins who are born in captivity will not be able to be released in the ocean. However, we believe that the era of marine mammal captivity for human entertainment is over. We are no longer amused with dolphins performing unnatural behaviors.

Please consider relocating the dolphins to a facility closer to the their natural environment.

For the Dolphins, For the Whales, For the World!

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Recent signatures


    1. Second dolphin of the year born at Mirage habitat

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      "Dolphin calves remain very delicate throughout their entire first year of life and the animal care staff will continue to monitor their development as they bond with their mothers, nursing and testing their independence," the resort said today.

    2. Your signature is needed to help these Dolphins.

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      I have several petitions that are in desperate need of your voices:
      If we are to make a difference we really need your voice to be heard in Singapore. Thank you Its working!

    3. Yet another Dolphin is born in the desert!

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      Duchess and her calf are in the Birthing and Research pool which is open to public viewing during regular operational hours of the facility. The calf's father, Lightning, is located in another pool.
      Please visit: Save the Blood Dolphins on Facebook

    4. Please help Stop the Dolphin Drives in Taiji

      Barbara Napoles
      Petition Organizer

      As Sept.1st approaches so does the slaughter season in Taiji, Japan. Please help and sign the attached petition. Thank you.
      You can also keep track of drives on my facebook page:
      Save the Blood Dolphins. :)

    5. Activists Hit Vegas to Rally Against Mirage's "Dolphin Death Pool"

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      More than 75,000 people have signed a petition to end the captivity of dolphins kept at The Mirage Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas strip.
      The extraordinarily high death rate has earned Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin...

    6. Reached 75 signatures
    7. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Dolphins Don't Belong in the Desert!

    8. Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      Born Free USA just sent out an action alert asking their members to join the call for The Mirage to shut down its dolphin exhibit:

    9. Sin City's "Death Pool" No Fun for Captive Dolphins

      Stephanie Feldstein
      Petition Organizer

      I've only visited Las Vegas once and personally didn't find it appealing. I couldn't imagine living in the noisy, bustling city for the rest of my life.
      Thankfully, I have a choice. But the dolphins in Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin...


    Reasons for signing

    • Aluel Aguek WINNIPEG, CANADA
      • 8 days ago

      I like dolphins

    • Shirley Massenzo LAKEWOOD, CA
      • 13 days ago

      Dolphins are highly intelligent and friendly. They are taken for granted. Deaths & illness has occurred during captivity. They belong in the wild! It is inhumane to keep them in a closure. Thank you.

    • susan poyser WEYMOUTH, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 13 days ago

      i love dolphins

    • Ina Mitchell VAN NUYS, CA
      • 13 days ago

      Dolphins are highly intelligent, sentient beings that live with their family. It is cruel to kidnap them and force them to live in captivity and to perform tricks for our so-called amusement.

    • Mark Garman CAMBRIA, CA
      • 13 days ago

      Dolphin captivity must end.


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