Breaking: Dolphins Arrive to Arizona Desert
According to 3TV NEWS, KPHO/KTVK Arizona, five dolphins have now arrived to Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale. The mammals were shipped from California for the purposes of populating the new swim-with program, scheduled to open in September.
Dr. Grey Stafford, General Manager of Dolphinaris, stated we can expect up to 12 captive-born dolphins to reside at the facility.
Swim-with-dolphins (SWD) programs place extraordinary amounts of stress on captive dolphins, who may interact with over 50 tourists a day. In a report by Delfines En Libertad, entitled Report on captive dolphins in Mexico 2015, “The SWD activities have become a prime tourist attraction, with all major tour companies selling and promoting SWD excursions. The demand to swim with dolphins in captivity has enabled the Mexican dolphinaria industry to grow exponentially.” Dolphinaris Arizona’s parent company, Ventura Entertainment, is based in Mexico.
The dolphin show only serves to perpetuate our utilitarian perception of nature. It’s a form of BAD education.” ~ Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project
In an era when facilities such as the National Aquarium in Baltimore have publicly announced plans to get out of the dolphin captivity business, Dolphinaris Arizona is clearly disregarding both science and ethics.
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Featured image: Rendering of Dolphinaris Arizona, A.R. Mays Construction. Credit: Laurice Dee
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It might be true that we don't recall many moments from our early years. However, Cara's first memory of a dolphin had her begging her parents to ask the trainer to let the dolphin go! The problem with captivity was evident to her, even as a 4 year-old child.
A writer by trade, Cara has researched, investigated and documented dolphins suffering in captivity. From documenting dolphins incarcerated in buildings, cut-off from fresh air, sunlight and normal socialization to researching cases of animals imprisoned in solitary confinement, Cara is a dedicated dolphin welfare advocate.
It is her belief that education equals empowerment. The more information shared, the better our choices and knowledge of how to act as a positive and respectful voice for dolphins across the world.
Cara is based out of Canada and makes time whenever possible to observe dolphins in their natural environments. She is writing her first fiction novel but knowing her, the marine world will play a prominent role in her book!
"The use of animals for entertainment is nothing more than an abuse of dominance. Some of the most sentient species on the planet have been exploited to incomprehensible levels, all due to their inherent benevolence. Ironic, considering that we turn to the abused themselves for displays of humanity."
~ Cara Sands