I am writing in reference to the Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage MGM Resorts International. I’m extremely disappointed that this exhibit was given a permit to import yet again two more dolphins in 2009. According to published reports: “The Mirage filed an application April 15 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service to import two captive Atlantic...
I am writing in reference to the Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage MGM Resorts International. I’m extremely disappointed that this exhibit was given a permit to import yet again two more dolphins in 2009. According to published reports: “The Mirage filed an application April 15 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service to import two captive Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, a male and a female, from Bermuda for breeding.”
The dolphins in the Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat venue are not protected from the elements ie. snow flurries, dropping temperatures or from rising hot and arid temperatures. Dolphins breathe air like we do. Even if the water is heated or cooled, the dolphins are still subject to the same respiratory problems, illnesses and organ disease as we are! Being held captive in a concrete pool that is devoid of any other marine life is beyond comprehension. These poor animals are in the middle of the desert, not even close to their natural environment, the ocean. This place is open to attract tourists and make money. If a dolphin dies, you just replace it with another one. Stop this cycle!
Jacques Cousteau, world famous marine biologist, once said “No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.”
The Mirage used to house their tigers in the lobby of the hotel, but removed them from view due to much criticism from guests and visitors. Dolphins belong in the ocean, not in captivity, and much less in the middle of Las Vegas!
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 include an inventory of the dolphins at The Mirage and the cause of death for those that died. 14 bottlenose dolphins have died since your grand opening in 1990. One death is much too many.
I ask that you please find a way to entertain your guests other than being a trainer for a day to dolphins in the middle of the desert, and that you release the dolphins to an organization dedicated to rehabilitating these mammals so that they can be returned to the wild.
Please, no more dolphins in Las Vegas!