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. We successfully blocked 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. And we support efforts to create the very first permanent seaside sanctuary retirement facility for captive dolphins and whales.
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.
Mark J. Palmer, June 2018
Plaintiffs in the ongoing lawsuit against SeaWorld for its misleading and false advertising about the health and welfare of their captive orcas announced that they will not seek class certification in hopes of expediting their trial date. This decision comes after several delays caused by a criminal investigation of SeaWorld and additional delays caused by SeaWorld’s filing of numerous, unsuccessful motions seeking dismissal of the lawsuit.
Mark J. Palmer, May 2018
While there are now many videos and books about the abuse of dolphins and whales in small concrete tanks doing tricks for dead fish, the richness and importance of life in the wild for these intelligent beings has been lacking.
Once you see dolphins and orcas in the wild, you understand why putting them in captivity for our entertainment is dead wrong.
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