Topic

dolphins

33 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Patty Murray, Jay Inslee, Maria Cantwell

Dammed to extinction, Southern Resident Orcas are starving. Time is running out!

The 74 remaining wild critically endangered salmon-eating Southern Resident Orcas are dying from starvation. ⇒ Leaving an effective breeding population less than 30, near the point of no recovery. Breach the Lower Snake River Dams in 2018 Why are these Orcas starving? More than 50% of their diet comes from salmon produced in the Columbia Basin, half of which were produced in the Snake River System.   How is dam breaching possible? Since 2002, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) has designated dam breaching as the best solution to recover wild salmon on the Snake River.  The Corps  of Engineers can implement breaching the dams now by using the existing 2002 EIS's 'Breach Alternative Four.' The Impact and benefits of breaching: • If the lower Snake River dams were breached, it would double or triple survival rates, restoring many millions of fish to the Columbia Basin. • Give the orcas a fighting chance to recover by increasing their food supply. • Breaching costs the state nothing. The first two dams can be breached for the cost of another EIS estimated at $80 million; 5 years to completion. • The four lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington do not provide flood control and produce only low value surplus electricity. • Savings from these dams can be applied to more efficient dams and/or projects. • NOTHING else, not more spill across the dams, not more hatchery fish, not less boat traffic, not more studies and a new EIS can achieve this in time to save wild salmon or Southern Resident Orcas. Congressional Legislation or new appropriations are not needed to start breaching the Snake River dams this year! SENATOR PATTY MURRAY AND GOVERNOR JAY INSLEE, Please take action today and urge the Army Corps' General Helmlinger and Bonneville Power Administration's Elliot Mainzer to begin breaching dams in December 2018. Thank you to the hundreds of thousands who have petitioned for immediate dam breaching, for those of you who want more information on how to save the salmon and orcas, visit www.damsense.org      

Southern Resident Killer Whale Chinook Salmon Initiative
632,549 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Royal Caribbean International, Carnival Cruise Lines

Tell Royal Caribbean & Carnival to stop selling dolphin excursions!

Following information written by: dolphinproject.com The dolphin encounters are sold directly by cruise companies at the time of booking, or on board prior to reaching ports of call. Special incentives are also offered, enticing potential customers with hard to resist package pricing. Given the aggressive promotion of these dolphin interaction programs, it is obvious the cruise companies are actively supporting an industry that exploits dolphins, and are profiting greatly from it. At present, there are 33 facilities in Mexico and over 30 in the Caribbean, with more planned for construction. Swim-with-dolphins (SWD) programs place extraordinary amounts of stress on captive dolphins, who may interact with over 50 tourists a day. According to a report by Delfines En Libertad, entitled “Report on captive dolphins in Mexico 2015, “The SWD activities have become a prime tourist attraction, with all major tour companies selling and promoting SWD excursions. The demand to swim with dolphins in captivity has enabled the Mexican dolphinaria industry to grow exponentially. Some dolphinaria also offer dolphin therapy which is marketed as a therapy to help people with certain illnesses.”  It’s time to call upon the cruise industry to end the promotion of dolphin captivity and exploitation. Why not focus on enhancing the cruise experience itself? It’s ironic that cruises promote seeing the world via luxury of state-of-the-art ocean liners and yet resort to unethical and “gimmicky” entertainment at the expense of suffering dolphins. We would bet the clients of these cruises would appreciate not contributing to cruelty towards these mammals, instead, reveling in the natural beauty of being surrounded by the big blue.  

Parker M
1,678 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Roberts Hawaii, Toms Barefoot Tours, Discover Hawaii Tours, Hawaii Discount, Hawaii Activities, Veltra , Hana Hou Magazine, Honolulu Family, This Week Hawaii, Kahala Mall, Hoku Hawaii Tours, Kamaaina Kids, Jen Civelli

Stop Supporting Dolphin Captivity In Hawaii

The facilities holding marine mammals captive in Hawaii are promoted heavily by the tourism industry. They push thousands of visitors into these places every year. Swim-with-dolphin programs are outdated and cruel. We want these businesses to see how supporting these practices will do more harm to their business than good. PETITION: Please consider our signatures as our official intent to refrain from booking with your business while in Hawaii until you stop supporting Hawaii’s captive dolphin facilities. As we learn more about what is required of these dolphins to survive in dolphinariums, 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. Hawaii’s captive cetacean industry is responsible for over 140 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. 91 of these animals were taken from Hawaiian waters. 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. As more information about the marine mammal industry is brought to light, public opposition has continued to grow (https://dolphinproject.com/campaigns/captivity-industry/captive-facilities-closed/ 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 over the past few years and a lot of progress has been made including: - 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.”- The National Aquarium In Baltimore was met with praise when they told the public they intended to retire their dolphins to a sea sanctuary.- Vancouver Aquarium announced it will no longer keep dolphins and other whales in captivity.- France banned breeding captive cetaceans.- Instagram flagged searches relating to swim with dolphin programs and created an alert warning users who search for them that the tag may be “associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals.”- It’s also worth nothing that Maui preemptively banned captive dolphin facilities and is still rated the #1 island, not just in Hawaii, but in the world by Trip Advisor.- Mexico city prohibited the use of captive dolphins therapy, scientific investigation, training and entertainment- Canada has been pushing for a bill to end marine mammal captivity- A sanctuary is being built in Russia for captive dolphins to retire to- A whale sanctuary is being built in the USA for captive orcas to retire to- South Korea successfully rehabilitated and released even more dolphins back into the wild. Their previous releases over the years have been spotted amongst new pods with new offspring of their own. The list goes on and on and continues to grow. With such beautiful and diverse ocean wildlife providing opportunities for visitors that include world class whale watching and scuba diving on every island, 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!

Keiko Conservation
4,057 supporters