Cove Monitor Profile – Cynthia Fernandez

WHATCove Monitor Profile
WHO: Cynthia Fernandez
WHEN: November, 2014
WHERE: Taiji, Japan

After watching “The Cove,” I was inspired to get actively involved in ending the dolphin slaughter. What better way to do this then to join Ric O’Barry’s team in Taiji?

This is my third trip – my first one was in the winter of 2012/2013, the next was in November of 2013 and of course, I am currently in Taiji now, exactly one year later.

I am a high school biology and environmental science teacher, from the San Francisco Bay area, Point Richmond to be exact. I’ve developed educational presentations showing why dolphins do not belong in captivity and the connection between the global demand for captive dolphins and the Taiji dolphin slaughter. I have traveled to many different schools, speaking to a wide range of students.

I believe the best way to end the slaughter, once and for all, is to end the demand for captive dolphins. I always tell everyone NOT buy a ticket to any facility that holds captive dolphins. Do your part and spread the word!

Want to become a Cove Monitor? Learn more here or email [email protected]

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About Cara Sands

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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

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