For Immediate Release:
February 1, 2019
David Perle 202-483-7382
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman in response to the recent, premature death of a dolphin at Dolphinaris Arizona—the fourth such death in less than two years:
As the National Aquarium in Baltimore prepares to move dolphins to seaside sanctuaries, the Parliament of Canada considers a bill that would ban dolphin captivity, and two belugas will soon move to the first beluga sanctuary, Dolphinaris Arizona’s deadly dolphin prison is out of touch with public sentiment—and there’s no excuse for keeping it open. PETA urges Dolphinaris to send surviving dolphins to seaside sanctuaries, where they would never again be forced to haul tourists on their backs in the sweltering Arizona desert.
PETA supporters will join Dolphin Free AZ in partnership with Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project in calling on Dolphinaris to send the dolphins to seaside sanctuaries at a memorial protest on Saturday, February 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the west corners of E. Via de Ventura and N. Pima Road in Scottsdale.
PETA’s motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment,” and more information about “swim with dolphins” programs is available here.