Ric O’Barry in Las Vegas to Support Free Mojave Dolphins

“Dolphins no more belong in the desert than gorillas belong in the middle of the ocean.”

~ Ric O’Barry

Ric O’Barry lent his support to the Free Mojave Dolphins campaign in Las Vegas. On October 2, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. PST there was a special screening of the Academy Award winning documentary, The Cove, followed by a Q&A and meet and greet with Ric. Over 180 eager people from all over the world gathered at the Public Library.

The following day over 150 activists from near and far picketed outside the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

Free the Mojave Dolphins is a grass roots public awareness campaign that started in January 2013, with the goal of educating about the dangers of keeping cetaceans in captivity.

Since 1990, The Mirage Hotel, Las Vegas has been in the business of keeping dolphins for display and breeding purposes. Currently 10 dolphins remain in captivity.

Las Vegas with all its glitz and glam and larger-than-life energy is the ultimate “on demand” playground. Dolphins are merely another cog in the fun machine. Imagine the power millions of tourists who visit Las Vegas each year hold in their hands by not supporting a dolphin show and instead, spending their time and money enjoying cruelty-free entertainment.

So what’s the solution for the dolphins in the desert? Provide a retirement facility where dolphins can live out the rest of their lives in peace and dignity. Imagine The Mirage Hotel spearheading an initiative to build the world’s first dolphin sanctuary. Dolphins from the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and others could thrive in sunlight, fresh air and the natural rhythms of the sea.

Related: The Vegas Dolphin Death Pool

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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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