Breaking: No Captive Dolphins Planned for Atlantis Ko Olina
After months of speculation, amidst reports that the first Atlantis U.S.-based resort being developed at Ko Olina, in West Oahu, Hawaii will include an extensive captive dolphin exhibit, we have learned that no captive dolphin display is being planned.
According to a message posted on the website, “The Sustainable Leader” dated December 1, 2016, Jeff Stone, Master Developer at The Resort Group, states there are no plans for captive dolphins in the Atlantis Ko Olina project.
The message was written in response to a blog entitled: “An Embarrassing Situation: New Hawaii Resort to Have Captive Dolphins.” We are delighted that the principals of the resort recognize the value of keeping wildlife wild, and applaud their decision to not confine dolphins in captivity.
Dolphin Project has been against initial plans to bring dolphins to the new development and signed on to a letter addressed to Hawaii’s State Governor and Mayor in opposition to a new captive dolphin facility. Kudos to all local activists involved, including Animal Rights Hawaii, and local activist Lila Jones, who created a petition against the project, now 90,000+ people strong!
A telephone call to the developer confirmed the accuracy of this information.
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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