Topic

captivity

12 petitions

Started 2 months ago

Petition to Mark Herring, Jim Husband, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries

Send Asha the African Elephant to Sanctuary

Asha, a 35-year-old female, African elephant has been alone at the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia for an accumulative 22 years. She is forced to give over 10,000 rides a year, despite active tuberculosis findings in monkeys held at the zoo. This is a huge risk to the public who are in close proximity to her on a daily basis. Her toenails are cracked due to lack of foot care, and the zoo has been cited for failing to provide adequate veterinary care across the board. These are just a handful of the issues she faces on a daily basis. In April 2015, the Natural Bridge Zoo's permit to publicly exhibit wild animals was suspended by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF). The zoo has since reopened despite numerous, ongoing complaints and inspections. To call this zoo anything short of a roadside attraction would be an injustice to those animals who have suffered and died during the many decades it’s been allowed to operate. The zoo has made it in the list of top 10 Worst Zoos for Elephants by In Defense of Animals for the last four years, and after public pressure and undercover footage from the Humane Society of the United States was released, the zoo has been cited uncountable times by the USDA for issues including, but not limited to, contaminated food, sanitation issues, rodent infestation, and improper containment. Due to the nature of these citations and disregard of many of them, we are asking that the DGIF step up and take permanent action. The DGIF has fallen short in assisting the USDA despite the fact that these issues are entirely within their jurisdiction. We ask the Attorney General to hold the DGIF accountable to taking appropriate action. Please consider sending Asha to a sanctuary, revoking the zoo's license permanently, and finding placement for the zoo's remaining animals that will meet their needs as a species.  

Voices for Asha
177,066 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Debi Bishop, Gerald Glennon

End Your Partnership With Dolphin Quest

Please consider our signatures as our official intent to refrain from staying at Hilton Hotels or Kahala Resort while in Hawaii or partaking in any of the shopping, dining, or tours they provide, until the partnership between your resorts and the captive dolphin facility, Dolphin Quest, is severed. As we learn more about what is required of these dolphins to survive in dolpinariums, we see that it is irresponsible to strip them of nearly all of their physical, social, and psychological needs for our benefit.Studies prove that dolphins are cognitive beings with self-awareness similar to that in humans. In the wild dolphins’ lives revolve around their social structure and bonds. They care for eachother’s young, co-operate while hunting, aid and console those in distress, partake in their population’s own varying cultures, and pass down information throughout generations, just like we do. But in captivity they are all thrown together, partaking in social dynamics that don’t exist in their wild populations, ones that can cause alarming and aggressive behaviors. Hawaii’s captive cetacean industry is responsible for over 146 reported deaths, all documented by the overseeing governing body National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), with causes of deaths varying from “drowned,” “suffocation,” “killed by another dolphin,” “food poisoning,” and trainer error. We strongly feel that this is a poor representation of Hawaii’s long standing cultural relationship with the ocean and its inhabitants and we are not the only ones. Public opposition continues to grow towards the captive marine mammal industry. What was once a huge draw for business and tourism is now becoming a negative association. Multiple countries and states have banned the public display of whales and dolphins. Just this past year, Jeff Stone of The Resort Group decided to cease all plans to put captive dolphins in the upcoming billion dollar investment Atlantis Resort in Ko’olina, stating they are committed to “respecting and celebrating the unique history, culture and ocean heritage of Hawaii.” And regardless of its lack of Swim With Dolphin Programs, Maui is still rated the #1 island, not just in Hawaii, but in the world by Trip Advisor.With such beautiful and diverse ocean wildlife providing opportunities for visitors that include world class whale watching and scuba diving just steps from your hotels we hope you will consider taking a similar route to those standing up to the practice of keeping marine mammals captive during the inevitable sunset of this industry. Mahalo nui loa for your time!

Ceta-Coalition
6,382 supporters
Update posted 11 months ago

Petition to Joel Manby, Brad Andrews, Chris Dold, Dan Brown

SeaWorld: End Your Dolphin Breeding Program!

SeaWorld has announced that they will be ending their captive orca breeding program. We applaud them for their decision and thank them for doing the right thing. We now urge them to end their dolphin breeding program, and keep heading in the right direction to a captive mammal-free park (with the exception of TRUE rescue)! Dolphins in captivity live in sterile crowded environments, often forced to perform several times a day for food. Some of the dolphins at SeaWorld are also forced to participate in swim-with programs. [Click here to learn more about swim-with-dolphin programs and why they are bad for dolphins AND people.] Dolphin captivity also teaches children that it is okay for us take large, intelligent mammals and force them to do what we think is best. We should be teaching our children about conservation and protection instead, as well as the many threats that all marine-life face in our dying oceans. SeaWorld claims that their breeding programs help to save dolphins from the drive-hunts in Taiji, while partially true as currently do not purchase these animals from Japan, they are still participating in holding these animals captive. SeaWorld is setting an example to other captive facilities around the world by breeding and keeping these animals in tanks. They should be showing the rest of the world that they can change their business model and be successful! We are asking SeaWorld to give the same treatment of their captive orcas to the dolphin breeding program. It's time to phase out the dolphin shows and the breeding program. They are continually making amazing drastic steps to improve the parks and the well-being of the animals in their care. We would love to see them include dolphins in any future plans. Some of the dolphins could also be released back into the wild, which would further promote their rescue and rehabilitation plans. It would truly speak volumes to see them do the right thing again! As we said in our last petition regarding the orca program, the only true way to end captivity is to end the breeding program! Please do the right thing for the dolphin in your care! Sources: Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project Animal Welfare Institute  Captive Animals Protection Society

Fins and Fluke
73,746 supporters