WHY IS DOLPHIN CAPTIVITY WRONG?
Captivity starts with the capturing of dolphins. The process is very violent. In fact, it’s almost like a rape. It’s similar to slavery. The dolphins are driven to exhaustion, just like you wear down human slaves. Dolphins are separated from their families. In the captive industry, they take only the best, particularly young females. But why is captivity wrong? They capture and bring dolphins into a concrete chlorinated box, reducing them to circus clowns, and then selling this as educational to the public. This issue is not just about the dolphins. There are about a thousand dolphins in captivity and it’s more about the millions of people who go and see the show, who go and see Shamu. They’re learning that it is educational but the only thing that they learn is that it’s ok to abuse nature. They do not learn anything that they do not already know about dolphins in captivity. We already know what dolphins look like and that they can jump, they’re mammals, and that they swim fast. The Shamu experience or the captivity experience only serves to deceive our perception of nature and it’s an issue about education.
For more info, watch The Cove or A Fall from Freedom (click the links to watch the two movies).
“To teach a child not to step on a caterpillar or a butterfly is as important to the child as it is to the butterfly.”-Ric O’Barry
LATEST DOLPHIN NEWS:
On the first 6 days of the week of October 16, in Taiji no dolphins have been caught or slaughtered, thanks to mother nature and dolphins having bigger brains than humans. To start off this week, the dolphin hunters returned without any dolphins and The Cove stayed blue the 23,25, and 26. This has been the story the majority of the time in Taiji. Only 5 or 6 times this year have they succeeded. The dolphins use the fishing lanes to break the boats’ formation to drive them into The Cove. After breaking the formation, the dolphins escape. As for the weather, it’s from floods to thunderstorms to high winds. Mother nature is making a statement in Taiji! On a more sour note, a pod of Risso’s dolphins was slaughtered on Saturday, October 22d and Monday, October 24th in Taiji. However, one pod did escape on the 24th. Also in Taiji, hell on Earth, the dolphins at the Dolphin Base Resort were not fed at all on the 21st. Motives for this are unknown but is suspected to be to starve the dolphins to get them to perform tricks or just from pure neglection.
Meanwhile, in Australia’s Northwestern waters, commercial trawling vessels caught seventeen bottlenose dolphins as a “by-product.” Thirteen of those poor dolphins did not make it out of the trawling lines alive. For more on this, click here.
In the Gulf of Mexico, the dolphins keep turning up dead on the beaches. What the scientists know so far is, “Hundreds of bottlenose dolphins have died in a series of mass mortality events in the northern Gulf of Mexico since February 2010. The first event, troubling in itself, was already in gear two months before the Deepwater Horizon exploded. Mortalities spiked again during the spill, which happened to occur at the beginning of the dolphins’ reproductive cycle, when much of the coastal population moves nearer to shore.” The scientists have also discovered that the dolphins’ ingestion or inhalation of oil, perhaps in combination with other factors, may be the main culprit. “In all, between February 2010 and August 2011, about 500 dolphins have stranded, nearly all of them found dead, and that number does not include, of course, the ones that died at sea but did not make it to shore. At least four more dolphins, including a pregnant female and a mother and calf, were discovered on Alabama beaches in the past week alone (for more, click here).”
On Wednesday, October 26, PETA filed a lawsuit against SeaWorld asking a federal court to “declare that five wild-caught orcas forced to perform at SeaWorld are being held as slaves in violation of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.” The 13th amendment states that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Notice that it did not say this only applied to man. Therefore, SeaWorld, Miami Seaquarium, and other dolphinariums that have captured dolphins are violating this amendment. The term slave is defined as “An individual who is the legal property of another and is forced to obey them.” Again, this does not apply only to man. We just all think it does because we view our selves higher than other animals. Hmm…sounds familiar doesn’t it? Isn’t that what Caucasians thought about African Americans? They thought they were higher and better than them, so isn’t this the same thing as keeping animals caught in the wild as slaves for our entertainment? If we think that keeping people as slaves is wrong, then why do we think that it’s ok to keep other organisms as slaves?
DOLPHINS: WILD AND FREE
Please take 5 minutes of your time to relax and watch wild and free dolphins in the ocean.
Save Japan Dolphins
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society