Many of us may be familiar with the seemingly happy dolphins and other sea creatures performing tricks at amusement parks, but many may not know the terrible torture they endure for human entertainment.
Dolphins are intelligent and social animals that can travel up to 100 miles a day in the wild with their group. "Each member plays an integral role in ensuring the health and well-being of the group, and families frequently remain together for life." - Dolphin Project
"Capturing even one wild orca or dolphin disrupts the entire pod." - Peta
Their natural lifestyle is not met in captivity and they are forced to perform tricks that they would not naturally do in the wild for food, as well as being forced to live in tanks that are kept clean with chemicals that are unnatural to their skin.
"The worst part of a captive dolphin show? It teaches children that it’s okay to mock and disrespect one of nature’s most fascinating ambassadors."-Dolphin Project
Blackfish is an incredible eye-opening documentary that has shed some light on the cruelty of keeping marine animals captive and has had an negative impact on SeaWorld's profit and attendance.
"This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals."
What can we do?
What can we do?
Suggestions from Peta:
- Don’t visit parks or zoos that have captive marine mammals unless you’re doing so to monitor the animals as part of a campaign.
- Encourage your local aquarium to stop breeding animals in order to make space for rehabilitating (and releasing) injured wildlife.
- Report poor conditions to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, leaflet at the park, write letters to the editors of local publications, and pressure officials to avoid subsidizing these facilities with taxpayer money.
- Support legislation that prohibits the capture or restricts the display of marine mammals.
We can also support charities like:
Ric O'Barry founded the Dolphin Project on Earth Day in 1970. "The mission of Dolphin Project is to end dolphin exploitation and slaughter, as dolphins are routinely captured, harassed, slaughtered and sold into captivity around the world – all in the name of profit. "
Ric O'Barry worked in the world of dolphin captivity as a trainer until he realized forcing dolphins to perform tricks is wrong. The realization came when a dolphin, that played the part of Flipper in the tv show, died in his arms.
The more we choose not to support cruel practices the quicker they will come to an end. Let's stand together against animal cruelty.