12 October 2011

Save the Dolphins in the Worlds Smallest Tank

There are two spotted dolphins, named "Hope" and "Destiny", being confined to the world's smallest tank, located at Taiji Whale Museum, Japan.

Leaving Taiji Photo by: Tia Butt

Hope and Destiny were first discovered in 2009 by Ric O'Barry and his son, Lincoln O'Barry while they were in Taiji. In 2009, there were actually three dolphins, but one had already died, which left now two dolphins - Hope and Destiny (named by Save Japan Dolphins).

In May 2011, Brian Barnes filmed a video of Hope and Destiny in the really small tank, which he called "The Fish Bowl".

On 8 October 2011, Tia Butt, Cove Monitor of Save Japan Dolphins, mentioned in the blog "Leaving Taiji" that Hope and Destiny are in coma-like state, with their eyes closed. As a result of being kept in captivity and confined in such a small tank, Hope and Destiny were basically just floating around, with no brain stimulation or interaction at all.

Hope and Destiny need our help. They do not deserved to be in such inhumane condition. Please help Hope and Destiny to move to a bigger and more natural home - a large sea pen, by signing the petition: "Taiji Whale Museum: Please give the 2 spotted dolphins a larger home". Please share with everyone. Thanks!

Death of a Dolphin by Ric O'Barry

Plight of the captive dolphins

Extract from: Plight of the captive dolphins

To a dolphin, a pool is a cage. These fast moving animals, which form complex social groups when free, cannot behave naturally in captivity. On these grounds, WSPA campaigns for the closure of all dolphin attractions.

The mortality rates and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins prove that a lack of stimulation causes them terrible stress. Swimming listlessly in circles is just one common indictor of boredom and psychological distress.

Space is also an issue – pools are miserably small for large, far ranging animals that would swim up to 50 miles a day in the wild. The shallow waters expose dolphins’ delicate skin to painful sunburns.

By withholding food, some trainers coerce dolphins into repetitive and unnatural behaviours, performing ‘tricks’ for the public. Hunger forces the dolphins to ignore their most basic natural instincts. They are even trained to beach themselves, despite the danger of doing so.

Visitors don’t always realise that the much promoted dolphin ‘smile’ does not reflect of their emotional state. It is simply the shape of their mouths.

Dying to entertain

A dolphin is trained to behave unnaturally for human amusement

Already numerous in the United States, the number of captive dolphin attractions in the Caribbean, Mexico and Latin America is growing.

They create a demand for live dolphins, most of which are taken from wild populations during bloody hunts. In many dolphin hunts, including those in Japan, the hundreds of animals not selected for live sale are butchered inhumanely for meat.

Many dolphins do not survive the trauma of capture. Of those that do, 53% die within three months of confinement. Captive dolphins also suffer and die from intestinal disease, stress-related illness and chlorine poisoning.

Learn more from the WSPA/HSUS report The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity (2009) (PDF 2.2MB)

Dolphin stress and human safety

‘Swim with dolphins’ programmes cannot guarantee the safety of people interacting with dolphins, even those bred in captivity.

These powerful animals are often stressed from being in a confined space. Unsurprisingly, accounts of deliberate and inadvertent human injuries caused by captive dolphins include broken limbs.

Protest dolphin captivity

Never visit a marine mammal attraction – the very act of confinement is damaging to their welfare.

Instead, look for a responsible dolphin watching boat tour and enjoy the spectacle of wild dolphins at sea, performing on their terms. A responsible tour will not endorse any interaction with the dolphins.

If you witness any kind of captive dolphin show or swim programme, report it to WSPA at wspa@wspausa.org. Some attractions might seem ethical, but if you report it, we can check.

Movie: Dolphin Tale - Behind the Scene

Many have know about Winter The Dolphin through the movie "Dolphin Tale". The box office success had led thousands of visitors flocking to Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA), just to see Winter. But is the movie really helping Winter or just CMA in terms of profit? Have CMA done anything to make Winter's life a better, more comfortable and more natural one?

Take a look at the below video and watch for yourself. Is Winter happy? No, she is traumatised! Loud noise from the announcer, drums and crowds have caused Winter hiding in one corner, fearful. Have you ever see a dolphin behaving like that? Is it normal? NO. Is it natural? NO. Can you feel what she is feeling? Winter wanted so much to escape from all the crowd and noise but where can she go? She is after all, being confined in a concrete tank! She have nowhere to escape to...

Source: YouTube

Please help Winter to have a better and natural living condition, a large sea pen, away from crowd and noise. Let her retire, enjoy the rhythm of the waves, sound of the ocean - in peace. I am sure CMA has all the money to do so now since Winter had helped CMA to become so famous. Please sign the petition "Build a Natural Enclosure for Winter the Dolphin" and share with everyone you know! Thanks!

06 October 2011

Response to RWS on MLP committed to marine conservation and research

My response to RWS (via their Facebook page) on article:

To: Resorts World at Sentosa, Singapore

- NO, The dolphins are NOT doing well, 2 had already died! And I hope all the remaining 25 are still alive...

- No particular species of dolphins thrive in captivity. Bottlenose dolphins are chosen because they are popular as they have been seen in TV shows, dolphin shows, movie, etc!

- If RWS is sincere in engaging a dialogue session with ACRES, why haven't RWS even reply the emails & questions raised by ACRES and the public, local & worldwide! It has been months!

- Please do not use dolphins to make money. RWS do not need that. RWS makes millions already, without the dolphins!

- By not engaging with Mr Ric O'Barry, it will only show that RWS is guilty and knows it is wrong to buy wild-caught dolphins that had been through violent capture, watched their pod being slaughtered, numerous stressful transportation..

- Exploitation is still exploitation, even if it is covered up under conservation, research & education. The dolphins are still being forced to get used to human, hand/force fed with dead fish & medicine, being imprisoned in treated-water tank - far less than 1% of their home - the vast ocean!

- Dolphin in captivity, being in artificial environment, unnatural behaviour, how accurate will the research data on them be?

- NO. RWS will not make Singapore & Singaporeans proud. In fact RWS had spoilt Singapore's international image on such issues. And people, local & worldwide, will not only boycott RWS but also any organisation related to or sponsor RWS

- RWS can continue to ignore but ACRES & supporters will not stop till all dolphins are being released

- So, Please, have a heart, let the dolphins go, before it's too late...

And by the way, if you do not see my above posting and comment on RWS Facebook page, it means RWS had blocked me. I had also left my comment at the above-mentioned article, as well as sharing my thoughts on my Twitter & RWS Twitter page.

Ric O'Barry in Singapore

Ric O'Barry, marine mammal specialist and star of the Academy Award winning documentary Film: The Cove, was in Singapore, for the dialogue session hosted by ACRES (Animal Concerns Research & Education Society) on 4 October 2011.


It is a very rare opportunity to meet Mr Ric O'Barry (in Singapore) and hear him sharing his efforts in ending dolphin exploitation around the world for the past 4o years, as well as his views and thoughts regarding Save the World's Saddest Dolphins.

This is a photo of my friend's daughter showing support for Save the World's Saddest Dolphins

It had been a very fruitful and inspiring night. I am so glad that many people turned up for this dialogue session. People from all walks of life, different age group, race and nationality. It reminded me I am not alone. I am not alone in supporting this campaign and will not stop until RWS release all the dolphins!

I want to express my heartfelt thanks to:
- Mr Ric O'Barry for coming to Singapore for this dialogue session and showing support for Save the World's Saddest Dolphins
- ACRES for hosting this dialogue session and all the time and efforts put in by every staff and volunteer
- My hubby for attending this dialogue session with me, out of his own accord and even asked his friend along! :)
- Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel for sponsoring this event/venue. Wow, a hotel worth supporting!

There was a lot of media coverage on Ric O'Barry as well as the Dialogue Session. Do read the article by Asian Scientist: 'The Cove' Star Takes On Resorts World Sentosa In Bid To Free Captured Dolphins which I feel has a better and wider coverage on the dialogue session.

And do check out the video clips covering the dialogue session by Razor TV:

Please Like the Facebook Page of
Save the World's Saddest Dolphins
to tell Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

Lastly, please support Ric O'Barry in his work of ending dolphin exploitation worldwide! Go to:

05 October 2011

4 October

4 October is World Animal Day
It's a sad day as a pod of 35 to 49 striped dolphins were slaughtered and one being sold to slavery, at Taiji, Japan

4 October is World Animal Day
It's a fruitful night as I attended the dialogue session by Mr Ric O'Barry (star of the movie, The Cove) and ACRES,
together with my hubby and friend

4 October is World Animal Day
I honour this day by beginning my journey of being a vegetarian...

to tell Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore