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.
Laura Bridgeman, March 2018
It has been concluded by NOAA that baby beluga Tyonek, born in the wild to an endangered population, must spend the rest of his life within the confines of SeaWorld’s concrete tanks.
Tyonek, who was found stranded when he was a few months old, was taken to the Alaska Sealife Center in an attempt to save his life. The intention behind this move seemed pure, emphasizing the importance of the life of an individual, regardless of species.
Mark J. Palmer, March 2018
Our South Korean colleagues, from an organization called Hot Pink Dolphins (in English), are reporting yet another victory for live dolphins in that country: the Korean cabinet recently banned the import of live dolphins from Taiji, Japan and other areas where cruel captures take place.
Hot Pink Dolphins has successfully challenged the South Korean government to remove several dolphins from captivity and return them to the wild around Jeju Island, where they were originally - and illegally - captured. Since their release, several of these dolphins have been spotted swimming with their home pods, and one even gave birth to a calf in the wild.
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