12 October 2011
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
© Stock image
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Some attractions might seem ethical, but if you report it, we can check.
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...
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
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...