Written by Michelle Kretzer
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
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
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