SeaWorld continues to be the dominant whale captivity circus park propping up the international captivity industry. Movies such as The Cove and Blackfish have pulled back the veil on the cruelty and dangers to dolphins and whales of lives in concrete tanks. However, throughout the world, dolphins, orcas and beluga whales have become more and more popular in aquariums and even swim-with-dolphins tourist programs even though science is showing us that captivity in small tanks is detrimental for these highly social, intelligent, and wide-ranging animals. They simply do not belong in captivity.
We have worked for more than thirty years in opposition to captive dolphin facilities. We have helped close or prevent the construction of dozens of dolphinariums around the world. We continue to fight against existing dolphinariums and new proposals, seeking legislation and government policies to end captivity, and educating the public about the harm to these marine species caused by captivity. We work closely with grassroots groups in other countries, such as India, which has banned captive dolphins. We are part of a lawsuit against SeaWorld’s false advertising and unfair business practices to require that industry to tell the truth about orcas in captivity. And we are in litigation against allowing the import to the US of 18 beluga whales caught in the wild in Russia. We succeeded in shutting down the capture of live dolphins for export from the Solomon Islands.
While in the US and Europe many dolphinariums have closed and few new ones are being proposed, many new ones are being built in Japan, China, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. We need to keep the pressure on to end captivity for dolphins and whales.
Laura Bridgeman, November 2017
A team of scientists made up mostly of aquarium staff are gathered in Alaska in attempts to keep a baby beluga calf alive after he was found stranded and separated from his mother shortly after birth.
Sadly, if he survives, he may face a lifetime in captivity.
Eva Marrero, November 2017
Springer is British Columbia’s arguably most beloved Northern Resident orca. This female killer whale achieved local fame sixteen years ago when she became the first member of her species to be released into the wild and back into her pod after spending time in human captivity.
Locals first discovered Springer in January 2001, when reports circulated of a young orca in poor condition floating listlessly in the waters of Puget Sound. The orphaned whale quickly became talk of the town, with the Seattle Times even describing her as a whale with "bad skin, worms in her stool and bad breath."
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