Save Dolphins from Captivity

by OldSailor on October 22, 2007

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1.Dolphins flown to Dubai resort:

On 19 October 2007, The New Zeland Herald has reported that “Dolphins flown to Dubai resort” despite protests from environmental groups. 28 live dolophins were flown to Dubai’s new Palm Atlantis resort hotel in two jet airliners on 30 hours flight from Solomon Islands. The export was done by Marine Mammal Education Centre and Exporters, a company run by Canadian Chris Porter.The sale was worth more than $1.2 million.

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Well! This triggers some more discussion on dolphins.

2.Look at the Captivity Fact Sheet (Dolphin Project Europe, 1996):

  • 53% of those dolphins who survive the violent capture die within 90 days.
  • The average life span of a dolphin in the wild is 45 years; yet half of all captured dolphins die within their first two years of captivity. The survivors last an average of only 5 years in captivity.
  • Every seven years, half of all dolphins in captivity die from capture shock, pneumonia, intestinal disease, ulcers, chlorine poisoning, and other stress-related illnesses. To the captive dolphin industry, these facts are accepted as routine operating expenses.

3.See the fate of dolphins at Chennai, India:

During the year 1997, three bottlenose dolphins had died in captivity in India’s first marine amusement park near Madras. On hearing this, Dr H E Dobbs, Honorary Director of International Dolphin Watch wrote a letter to the park’s owners and also Mrs Maneka Gandhi, India’s Minister of State. This is what the text he wrote:-

“Dear Mrs Gandhi,
Dolphin Park, Dolphin Park – Chennai

International Dolphin Watch is a non profit making organisation founded by myself in 1978 for the study and conservation of wild dolphins.

An article that appeared in ‘India To-day’ magazine documenting the death of 3 captive dolphins at the above-mentioned park was brought to my attention by a member of our organisation.

International Dolphin Watch has long championed the now growing belief that cetaceans should not be held in captivity. The long term detrimental effect on them is now well documented and accepted. There is no scientific or educational value in keeping dolphins in captivity. The United Kingdom leads the world by having no captive whales or dolphins.

My purpose in writing is to ask you to look into this matter, and also the plan to import another 5 dolphins to replace those that died, and who will no doubt suffer a similar fate.

Yours sincerely

Dr H E Dobbs
Honorary Director”

The Indian Government promptly intervened and now the park has no dolphins for display and entertainment.

4.Role of International Dolphin Watch:

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It seems International Dolphin Watch has no authority or powers to stop such misuse of Marine Mammals.

5. Can we be so cruel to dolphins? What now to be done?

Can anyone come up ?

Update 04 November 2007:

The annual dolphin-hunting season in Japan is drawing protest from activists who say the practice is cruel. Some in Japan say it’s cultural.

Click Nationalgeographic to view a nice video clip

OldSailor waiting for some more responses…………..

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