Written by Michelle Kretzer
don't belong in tiny glass tanks, and India wants to make sure that they won't
be put there.
PETA India learned that state governments were planning to put dolphin parks in several parts of the
country, it immediately contacted Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan.
The group reminded her that the Animal Welfare Board of India, which must give
its permission before animals may be used in performances, said that it has not granted and will not grant permission for companies to keep dolphins in
captivity, as tearing dolphins away from their families, confining them to tiny
tanks, and forcing them to perform likely constitutes cruelty and violates India's Prevention of Cruelty to
was in complete agreement with PETA India and the board and announced that the ministry would deny all proposals
for dolphin parks.
the U.S. and Canada, dolphins aren't so lucky. Animal advocates must continue
to speak out against
aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs.
Eight trainers at Marineland in Niagara
Falls, Ontario, have handed in their resignations and are speaking out to the Toronto Star about the cruel and abusive conditions at the marine animal
prison, which PETA has been after for years.
Because they were made to sign nondisclosure
agreements about what goes on behind the scenes at the park, many of the
trainers asked not to be identified by name. But former trainer Phil Demers,
who quit the park after 12 years, gave a daring on-camera interview describing the abuse he witnessed:
(Video courtesy of thestar.com)
has had our sights on Marineland for some time, writing letters to Canadian
officials and asking them to take action to improve conditions at the park.
Now, Marineland owner
John Holer's own trainers are
accusing the park of cruelty to animals, including the following:
When questioned about the insufficient
staff, dirty water, and untimely death of a baby beluga, Marineland owner John
Holer offered this chilling answer: "[F]or people and all living things,
there is a time to live and a time to die."
Perhaps his cavalier attitude explains
the more than 40 whale and
dolphin deaths at Marineland since the park's
inception. The park, along with fellow marine animal prison SeaWorld, earned a spot on PETA's list of deadly destinations, a register of places that
anyone who cares about animals should avoid like the plague.
Please voice your objections about the lack of adequate laws
to protect captive animals to Premier Dalton McGuinty:
The Honourable Dalton McGuinty
Premier of Ontario
Rm. 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park
Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A4
Tom and Misha were released
back into the ocean earlier this month and
within hours were already chasing and hunting fish together and socializing
with other wild dolphins. Born Free kept their release on May 9 a secret to
avoid human interference with Tom's and Misha's progress, but satellite
transmitters on their dorsal fins show that since their release, the dolphins
have already traveled hundreds of miles and are healthy and eating well.
dolphins who were formerly held captive for four years as part of a swim-with-dolphins
program will finally be released back into their native habitat later this
and imprisoned in a tiny tank in Hisaronu, Turkey, bottlenose dolphins Tom and Misha were denied everything natural to them
and forced to perform for a constant barrage of tourists. Their future seemed
bleak until the Born Free Foundation, a British organization that campaigns in
behalf of animals in zoos and aquariums, embarked on a mission to win their
freedom. With the help of PETA
Germany, which posted an action alert on its
website, wrote to Hisaronu's mayor, and coordinated actions with Turkish animal
rights groups, Born Free got Tom and Misha released to a marine reserve in the
Mediterranean Sea and began preparing
them for life in the ocean.
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of the stress of intensive confinement, the dolphins were weak, underweight,
and lethargic when they arrived at the reserve. But after two years of
nurturing, they are healthier and stronger and, most importantly, are starting to
catch fish on their own, a sign that they are nearly ready to be released on
schedule in late spring. Once again, they will be able to swim for up to 100
miles a day and use their sonar to explore the ocean.
you love dolphins, please don't pay for them to be imprisoned and tormented in swim-with-dolphins exhibitions. By contrast, programs like the one at the Florida Keys' John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
allow you to interact with dolphins in their home—on
the upcoming Disney flick LOL, Lina Esco plays Miley Cyrus' fearless BFF who always
speaks her mind. The role wasn't a stretch for Lina, who constantly looks for
opportunities to talk about the cause that is closest to her heart: getting
marine mammals out of captivity.
has helped create two stirring public service announcements about how marine parks such as SeaWorld abuse
animals and how the parks are responsible for Japan's dolphin slaughter. One of the ads features a talented group of kids, and the other boasts a who's who of Hollywood elite.
Now it's Lina who is in front of the
camera, starring in a video for PETA in which she asks her fans not to
patronize marine-mammal shows:
makes a difference because she is never silent. Whether the cause you
are most passionate about is ending the abuse of animals in marine parks, preventing animals from being
killed for fur, or getting great apes out of
laboratories, learn how you can "never be silent."
PETA is calling for a U.S. Department of
Agriculture investigation after D.J., a 15-year-old Atlantic bottlenose dolphin,
was found dead on the
floor of his tank at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. Trainers said that D.J., short
for De Janeiro, was acting unusual and not eating the day before he died. He is
the second dolphin to die
at the aquarium—Cobie, also just 15, died of pneumonia in 2007.
Docklands Tony|cc by 2.0In the wild, dolphins swim up to 100 miles per day in family pods or tribes of hundreds.
Untimely deaths are the rule for marine mammals in captivity.
At SeaWorld alone, between 1986 and 2011, 25 orcas died—and not one from old age. The unending and debilitating stress of captivity weakens
marine mammals' immune systems, causing them to die earlier than their wild
counterparts, who live for decades. Those who don't succumb to intestinal
gangrene, acute hemorrhagic pneumonia, pulmonary abscesses, chronic kidney
disease, chronic cardiovascular failure, septicemia, influenza, or other health
problems may take their own lives by hitting their heads against the sides of
pools or simply not coming up for air.
Please watch dolphins only at
the beach, not in tanks.
Written by Heather Faraid Drennan
protest held by PETA, Animal Concerns
Puerto Rico, and the
Puerto Rico Committee for Free Dolphins against a proposed San Juan, Puerto Rico, dolphinarium went swimmingly as dozens of supporters came out to explain why the
facility would be bad for dolphins and the city.
Comité por Delfines Libres de Puerto Rico
facility would purportedly use the dolphins to work with children with disabilities,
including autism, but San Juan's mayor and other proponents ignore the fact
has been discredited, with experts calling it downright dangerous. Who wants to
risk having their child sexually molested by a randy dolphin?
countless studies show that confining highly social, intelligent dolphins
to cramped concrete tanks is akin to torture for them. Glen Venezio, who helped
organize the protest, urged the city to embrace "the concept of live and let live. Leave the dolphins
alone, in their ocean world where they belong." PETA supplied the local group with posters and other
materials for the protest.
your city has a marine mammal park or zoo, if you learn about an event
featuring animals as prizes, or if there's any other situation harmful to
animals in your community, contact PETA's Action Team
to get help organizing a local protest or outreach. E-mail ATeam@peta.org or click here
to join the Action Team and receive e-mail updates about events in your area.
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Chambers, two dolphins who were forced to perform at a Swiss aquarium, died after a rave party was held at the facility. Authorities
are trying to determine the cause of death, which possibly includes being
blasted with deafeningly loud music or being poisoned by narcotics dropped into
PETA Germany had sent
an urgent appeal to aquarium management and veterinary officials to cancel the
rave and is now poised to file a lawsuit against those responsible if the
necropsies (expected to take several weeks) determine that the rave was connected
with Shadow's and Chambers' deaths.
rays, and other fish and sea life confined to cramped tanks in aquariums
already have it bad enough without being subjected to the stress of loud
parties put on by marine parks in an attempt to make a few extra bucks. As PETA
Senior Vice President Dan Mathews recounted after attending a
the Georgia Aquarium, three guides admitted that music
at such parties upsets the animals and causes them to fight.
In the wild, dolphins swim together in family pods or tribes
of hundreds. Photo: lowjumpingfrog | cc by 2.0
Never buy a ticket to the Georgia Aquarium, SeaWorld or any other facility that
profits from keeping animals in captivity.
by Jennifer O'Connor
As anyone who has ever forgotten to
spell out "w-a-l-k" can attest, dogs can understand our language. One recent study showed
that dogs can learn up to 165 words and gestures and that they can count. And
dogs aren't the only animals you can depend on in an emergency either—a rabbit recently saved her human
family from a house fire.
Could birds call each other "humanbrain"
as an insult? Like humans, crows and ravens
are very social and have large brains for their body size. They also rival
humans and monkeys in their ability to delay self-gratification for a greater
reward. They are articulate, too, as evidenced by escaped former companion
birds who are now teaching
their flocks to understand English. If a family planning to
welcome a new baby is having trouble picking a name, perhaps they should
consult with parrots,
who name their offspring.
talk to each other
in a way similar to humans, too, by adjusting their muscular tension and air
flow. Words likely not in their vocabulary? "Imprison," "abuse,"
and "exploit" …. But if they are
familiar with those terms, it could explain why scientists in Australia are
just now discovering a new
species of dolphin—maybe
they were hiding!
by Michelle Sherrow
Today, as Japanese fishers began
stabbing dolphins with spears and cutting their throats with knives, PETA
members, along with members of Earth Island Institute and Ric O'Barry's Dolphin
Project, marked "Dolphin Day" by gathering outside the Japanese Embassy
in Washington, D.C., to protest the annual slaughter.
Protesters screened graphic footage from
the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove, showing how
fishers in the village of Taiji chase entire schools of dolphins into a cove,
trap them, and slaughter them as they scream and struggle to escape. The water
turns bright red with the dolphins' blood.
People in many other cities around the
world today also protested the slaughter, which will claim the lives of up to 23,000 dolphins and whales over
the next six months. The animals are killed because they are considered "pests"
by the fishing industry, although a few are captured alive and sold to aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs, where
they will spend the rest of their lives confined to cramped tanks.
You can help stop this by contacting your local Japanese Embassy
and demanding that Japan end the cruel slaughter immediately.
Written by Michelle Sherrow
Oooh, don't miss this: The deadly consequences of the marine mammal entertainment industry are on screen in the new film A Fall From Freedom, produced by San Francisco–based EarthViews Productions. In hardball interviews with marine scientists, whistleblowing former trainers, and theme park PR mouths, the scope and scale of the suffering of all the dolphins and whales who have died in parks like SeaWorld is made clear.
The movie comes on the heels of Outside magazine reporter Tim Zimmerman's scathing investigative report about this insanely cruel industry, called "Blood in the Water." Describing the behavior of orcas in an "aqua park" in Spain, the piece notes that the whales used "their teeth to peel away strips of [the pool's coating] from the pool walls like bored kids picking at loose paint." Notes of a trainer monitoring one female orca's "frequent unhappy vocalizations" describes her as "back to feeling insecure when separated, alone, both in shows & in sessions." This piece makes riveting reading.
If you're hitting the road this summer, heed the plea from PETA pal Bob Barker to drive right on by marine theme parks and let SeaWorld know that you won't be buying a ticket.
Written by Jennifer O'Connor
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