Take the Seaworld Dolphin Trainer Barbie off your shelves
By selling a Barbie doll, one of a girl's most popular toy, representing a dolphin trainer is not only unethical, but shows lack of compassion on Toys "R" Us part. When a dolphin is taken into captivity from the wild, or is born into captivity, more times than not, the family units are broken apart to ship dolphins to different marine parks around the country and even the world. For dolphins, this equates to cruel and unusual punishment as the dolphin society is very close and family-oriented, with babies and juveniles staying with their mothers their entire lives. Keeping dolphins in concrete tanks also is cruel to these highly intelligent animals, as they use their echolocation to navigate and to find food in the wild, but in a tank they become disoriented and confused. Dolphins are fed dead fish loaded with antibiotics, antacids, and other medications to help them survive longer in captivity, some are even said to be taking anti-depressants, but I can't confirm this with accuracy. We, as parents, want to teach our children, both girls and boys, to be kind and caring to animals. They are often smaller, weaker, and can't stand up for themselves-quite like against a bully in school. I tell my 8 year old to always stand up to the class bully, and I tell her to stand up for the defense of the defenseless and give them a voice. HERE ARE THEIR VOICES, AND THEY SPEAK WITH DETERMINATION AND CONVICTION. TAKE YOUR DOLPHIN TRAINER BARBIE FROM YOUR SHELVES. You had told a friend of mine a year ago that you show this doll to show the girls the opportunities they can be when they grow up. My answer to this would be "If I showed my daughter that she could grow up to be a serial killer? Does this make it right?" I would hazaard a guess that your answer might be 'Of course not'. Your sending this message to our young girls makes as much sense as my scenario posed to you does. Please remove your Dolphin Trainer Barbie from your shelves.
Remove Seaworld Dolphin Trainer Barbie from your shelves
Remove Seaworld Dolphin Trainer Barbie from your shelves As the mother of an 8 year old daughter, I think it is highly unethical to be offering a toy for children that is based on the suffering of captive Dolphins held at Seaworld marine parks. Dolphins use echolocation to guide them through water in the wild, and to be housed in concrete tanks it causes great stress and suffering, as someone living in a room full of mirrors would feel, disoriented and confused. Dolphins also are highly family oriented, and when they are moved from their families it causes such damage, they usually are not housed with dolphins of their own family, or pod, and since each pod has their own distinct vocalizations, communication and socialization within the tanks are strained at best. Seaworld also conducts a captive breeding program, where dolphins and orcas are impregnated much earlier than they would have been in the wild, causing these orcas and dolphins to give birth to stillborn babies which causes the mother dolphins terrible, visible grief. Also a form of cruelty. Children need to be taught compassion for animals, and those animals that cannot defend themselves our children should be taught to come to their aid, as they would with a bully in school. This Seaworld Dolphin Trainer doll in our estimation, does not teach compassion for animals, it simply speaking teaches domination over an animal, that performs silly tricks in order to be fed anti-biotic, antacid and medication laced dead fish to avoid being hungry. Dolphins are highly-intelligent, family-oriented, sensitive, sentient animals that need to swim free in their own watery world of the ocean, not kept prisoner in a Seaworld tank for the entertainment of human visitors to their parks for the sole purpose of the bottome line...money. We the undersigned, request that you remove the Seaworld Dolphin Trainer Barbie from your shelves, in order for you to send the correct message to your patrons of what you, as a company, value.
Take the Seaworld Barbie off your shelves.
Seaworld recently had a Barbie Dolphin Trainer doll in the Toy R Us stores, which re-inforced their beliefs that captivity is an integral part of their business. Now, since the backlash of the documentay "Blackfish", they are trying to put a different spin on their trainers work ethics, and trying to market it to our young people. Seaworld is trying to have the public think they are concerned for marine life, when in fact, if this was true, they would hold no cetaceans captive for human entertainment purposes. Once Seaworld retires the cetaceans it has on it's properties around the world, Once they try to rehabilitate the wild-caught Orcas and dolphins in their possesion, then they can talk without inpunity the fact that they are in the business of helping marine wildlife. Until this time comes, however, we the undersigned would ask you remove the Seaworld Barbie from your shelves. Respectfully