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Two Dolphins Dead After Aquarium ‘Rave’

Written by PETA | November 21, 2011

Shadow and 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 their tank.

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.

Dolphins, whales, 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 party at 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.


Written by Jennifer O’Connor

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  • Jenn says:

    PLEASE, sign this petition to STOP the White Party from being held at the Miami Seaquarium this Friday November 25th!! The party will include live techno music and a fireworks show right next to Lolita the Orca’s tank and the tanks of 30 Dolphins. Thank You!!

  • Rev. Meg says:

    Was the rave responsible for the death of Shadow and Chambers? Of course it was, why are they even discussing this?? The people who allowed the rave to take place at the park need to be fired immediately and those promoting the party need to be arrested and prosecuted!

  • Lisa says:

    This was featured on the MailOnline here in the UK, what makes me laugh after readig is Connyland keeper Nadja Gasser is said to be a dolphin expert hmmm hang on a minute if she is such an expert then why did she not stop this rave from happening??? and they reckon they are devasted to have lost them, who in their right mind would allow a rave in the first place?? They should be shut down absolutely disgusting those poor poor animals.

  • Angelica loves all animals Garcia says:

    honestly, the dolphins dath could have been caused by many factors. one, as said in the acticle, narcotics inside the tank. two, there could have been brain damage from the bass and loudeness of the music. three, their hearts may have burst during all of this. four, they could have had a heart attack. but what ever happened to cause their deaths is tragic, it’s very sad, that’s why i’ve never gone to seaworld or any type of aquirium.