Orcas and Other Dolphins Do Not Belong in Captivity!
The recent documentaries Blackfish, The Cove and Blood Dolphins show that putting dolphins and orcas in captivity is unethical and cruel, ripping them from their families that they would normally grow up with and depriving them of the freedom of the open ocean, instead confining them to small concrete tanks to do tricks for dead fish.
Please help today by taking the following action steps:
Take the pledge HERE
Share your pledge on social media to complete the process.
2. WATCH OUR NEW “RELEASE ME” VIDEO AND SPREAD THE WORD TO FRIENDS
Help us spread the word so that millions of people can see this video and get involved.
3. SIGN EVERY PETITION YOU CAN
How would you feel if we told you just signing your name could save the dolphins? Here are a few petitions you can sign, and people you can write, to make a difference in mere minutes:
5. HAVE A BLACKFISH OR COVE PARTY AND HELP EDUCATE OTHERS
Host a movie night at your house and watch The Cove or Blackfish to show your friends what’s happening to dolphins. (They’re interesting movies to watch regardless of whether or not you’re an animal rights activist.)
It sure beats binge-watching The Bachelor, ’cause saving innocent lives feels way better than correctly guessing what dream date Juan Pablo will go on this week.
6. MAKE YOUR COMMUNITY FREE OF CAPTIVE DOLPHIN FACILITIES
Click HERE to find out how
7. GET CREATIVE
Run a marathon, start a cove club, shave a mowhawk and raise awareness and funds for our campaign. Create your own fundraiser HERE.
If you are in school, you can consider screening The Cove movie for your class or school. You can get your friends together to form a Cove Club.
And we don’t mean just Tweeting sad face emojis next to pictures of jumping dolphins. Stand on your social media soapbox and inform and inspire others, even if the only person that follows you on Twitter is your mom.
Share this helpful article, this heartbreaking video, and anything from this blog. Repost our Instagram images, Tweet the hashtag #Tweet4Dolphins and follow the Dolphin Project on Facebook to keep up with what’s going on. Education and spreading the word are key!
9.WEAR your support on your chest, literally. Check out our shop HERE and pick up some Dolphin Project gear.
10. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE
Dolphins have evolved over millions of years, adapting perfectly to life in the ocean. They are intelligent, social and self-aware, exhibiting evidence of a highly developed emotional sense. Here are just a few of the issues with captivity:
Captures of dolphins are traumatic and stressful and can result in injury and death of dolphins. The numbers of dolphins that die during capture operations or shortly thereafter are never revealed in dolphinariums or swim-with-dolphins programs. Some facilities even claim their dolphins were “rescued” from the ocean and cannot be released. This claim is almost invariably false.
Training of dolphins is often deliberately misrepresented by the captive dolphin industry to make it look as if dolphins perform because they like it. This isn’t the case. They are performing because they have been deprived of food.
Most captive dolphins are confined in minuscule tanks containing chemically treated artificial seawater. Dolphins in a tank are severely restricted in using their highly developed sonar, which is one of the most damaging aspects of captivity. It is much like forcing a person to live in a hall of mirrors for the rest of their life – their image always bouncing back with no clear direction in sight.
Dolphins and whales have been shown by recent scientific research to be sensitive with likely more ranges of emotions than humans, with culture that is handed down through generations, and personal names. They deserve our respect and the right to remain in the wild, free from harassment and harm.
Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project’s campaign to protect dolphins focuses on stopping the killing of these animals in the wild in places like Japan, Indonesia, the Faroe Islands and the Solomon Islands, as well as stopping the blood dolphin$ trade to dolphinariums around the world. In fact, these dolphin hunts are often supported by the dolphin trade to catch some individuals for captivity, while the remainder are slaughtered.
Click here to see a list of Captive Dolphin Facilities that have been Closed or Never Opened.
These success stories were accomplished by people like you taking action and stopping all support of dolphin shows and all swim-with-dolphin facilities.
HELP SPREAD THE WORD – Let your friends, family, school mates, and service club members know about the problem of keeping whales and dolphins in captivity.
LETS PROTECT DOLPHINS TOGETHER