New Year’s eve. The cove is quiet, the waters, a dark shade of midnight. It’s hard not to visualize all the dolphins, both living and dead, that have passed through here. Innocent travelers callously plucked from their wild waters, to serve a fate most undeserving of these ancient species.
But for now, we rejoice in the peace of stillness. We visualize a world where each individual is treated with respect and dignity, and where freedom is a birthright, not a privilege.
Dolphin Project would like to THANK each and every person who has ever supported our work. From signing a petition to wearing your support in the form of a t-shirt; from volunteering as a Cove Monitor to not buying a ticket to a dolphin show; from reading a blog to donating hard-earned dollars so we can continue the good fight – speaking of which, today is the last day to make a tax-deductible donation for 2015. Every action matters. We believe the life of one dolphin is as valuable as the lives of many.
My thoughts moving into 2016? I could sum them up in four words:
As this year completes and gives way to the next, we would like to leave you with a visual. Take a moment to watch this short video clip, titled: “A day in the life of captive dolphins” and then share it with others. Every person we help educate on the realities of dolphin captivity is another person who may choose not to support the marine park industry.
Together, let’s bring on 2016.
For the dolphins!
Featured image: The Cove / Dolphin Project
- Multiple Species of Dolphins Decimated in The Cove - October 11, 2017
- Taiji to Unite with Faroese in Sister City Agreement - October 4, 2017
- Pilot Whale Pod Decimated in Taiji’s Dolphin Hunts - September 5, 2017
- Voices Across the World Condemn Japan’s Dolphin Slaughters - September 4, 2017
- Breaking: Pilot Whales Captured in First Hunt of Season - September 3, 2017
- Dolphin Project Returns to Taiji - August 29, 2017
- Breaking: Kasatka Dies at SeaWorld - August 16, 2017
- Op Ed: A Departure from Reality - August 10, 2017
- BREAKING: SeaWorld Tanks in 2Q and 1st Half 2017 Results - August 8, 2017
- BREAKING: Adios to Dolphin Shows in Mexico City - August 2, 2017
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
- Multiple Species of Dolphins Decimated in The Cove
- Taiji to Unite with Faroese in Sister City Agreement
- Terror in The Cove as Pilot Whales Slaughtered
- Migrating Family of Risso’s Dolphins Slaughtered in The Cove
- When Natural Disasters and Captive Cetaceans Collide
- The Path to Progress Begins with Education