Sign Petition: Send Dolphinaris Arizona Dolphins to a Real Sanctuary

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Four dolphins are seeing no end to their suffering, from the desert to disease to dirty waters. We need to get them to a real sanctuary now.

Even before the construction of Dolphinaris Arizona, a swim-with-the-dolphins tourist attraction in the desert near Scottsdale, animal welfare advocates warned that the desert was no place for dolphins. Not only do summer temperatures there often reach triple digits, but dolphins already stressed out from being in captivity would be more susceptible to valley fever, a deadly fungal disease.

These concerns were ignored. Dolphinaris Arizona opened in October 2016 and tragically, by January 2019, four of its eight dolphins had died. The facility announced it was temporarily closing while it was inspected by outside experts. One month later, Dolphinaris Arizona announced that it will permanently end its dolphin exhibition.

This seems like really good news, but unfortunately the four surviving dolphins have been shipped to another controversial location. They will now live in captivity at Coral World Ocean Park’s new St. Thomas Sea Sanctuary in the Virgin Islands. This facility “has faced heavy opposition and controversy mainly due to its location being vulnerable to extreme weather and frequent contamination with runoff,” according to the nonprofit Dolphin Project.

These dolphins have been through enough, they do not deserve more suffering, sickness and potential death. This is not a solution to the unethical captivity of the dolphins.

Please sign and share this petition asking Coral World Ocean Park to release them to a safer sanctuary.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/159/705/240/?z00m=31399727&redirectID=2836082467

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Sign Petition: This Captive Walrus Was So Stressed It Wouldn’t Eat — Then It Died

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by: Care2 Team
recipient: Marineland

72,974 SUPPORTERS – 75,000 GOAL

Ontario’s Marineland is home to the Dragon Mountain roller coaster, the Sky Screamer triple tower, and the “Ocean Odyssey” rides. It is also home to more than 4,000 live land and sea animals and a whole lot of controversy.

Over the last few years, the “amusement” park has come under public scrutiny for the several high profile marine deaths stretching throughout their nearly 60-year history.

According to One Green Planet, over their six decades of operation, the park has seen the deaths of, at least, 17 orca whales, 25 beluga whales, and an estimated 22 dolphins. So bad is their care that at one point even SeaWorld — no hero in animal rights — sued Marineland to get on of their orcas back whose health they claim had deteriorated after loaning it to the Canadian park.

Now they can add another victim to their list of animals that died in their care: Zeus the walrus. Zeus was once a fine specimen of a young, vibrant male walrus. But his years in captivity at Marineland had taken a toll on him.

No one noticed until a video of one of his performances went viral. The 2016 video showed Zeus to be a mere shell of his former self; he was emaciated and nearly collapsed during one of his performances. But that didn’t stop Marineland from continuing to use him in their shows.

Life in captivity for Zeus was no walk in the amusement park. He suffered from chronic regurgitation which arose from stress from captivity. His disorder meant that he couldn’t properly digest food and it left him “so undernourished that his hip bones and spine stuck out.”

In a statement last week, Marineland said that the necropsy performed on Zeus revealed he died of natural causes. But one of Zeus’s former trainers, Phil Demers, isn’t buying it. He told the Dodo that Zeus “had been ill for as long as [he’d] known him” — around 15 years.

Whatever the reason, Zeus like Marineland’s other animals should never have been kept in captivity in the first place. These animals are literally dying to be free and we must help.

Ask Marineland how many of their animals must die before they realize that what they are doing is animal cruelty.

Sign the petition and tell Marineland to end their live animal shows and give their animals to a proper sanctuary.

Photo credit: Facebook/Phil Demersmore

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https://www.thepetitionsite.com/681/793/746/this-walrus-was-so-stressed-it-wouldnt-eat-then-it-died./

Please Sign: Take the Pledge | Dolphin Project

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Take the Pledge | Dolphin Project
2 minutes
Take The Pledge To NOT Buy A Ticket To A Dolphin Show
Target: Sponsors of Captive Dolphins Shows & Politicians

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.

Join us and pledge that you won’t buy a ticket to a dolphin show. It’s 2 easy steps:

  1. Sign the Pledge below
  2. On the top of the next page, Share the Pledge on your social media to complete the process.

Petition by Ric O’Barry

To: Sponsors of Captive Dolphins Shows & Politicians
From: [Your Name]

I have taken the pledge NOT to buy a ticket to a dolphin show.

No Dolphin Parks.
No Swim With Dolphin Programs.
No Hotels and Lodges that feature captive dolphins on the property.
No Dolphin “Trainer For A Day” programs.
No Dolphin “Research” facilities that charge to interact with dolphins.
No Cruise lines that feature stops at Swim With Dolphin Parks.

#ThanksButNoTanks

https://www.dolphinproject.com/take-action/take-the-pledge-not-to-buy-a-ticket-to-a-dolphin-show/
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50 Seals Will Be Removed From The Primorksy Region Of Russia To Be Put In China Zoos – Sea Voice News

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by Alex Larson →

The Veterinary Department of Primorsky Region has issued permits for the company ‘Primorksy Dolphinarium’ to export 50 seals to Chinese Tianjin for the purpose of “maintenance.”

As first reported by the non-profit organization Friends of the Ocean whom received information that the vetenarian service has agreed to export permits. The exporter is LLC Primorsky Dolphinarium.

According to current legislation of the Russian Federation, the extraction of living marine mammals is possible for only research, education, and cultural and education purposes.

The extraction of aquatic biological resources for the purpose of “maintenance, in zoos, aquariums and other cultural organizations is carried out only for cultural and educational purposes. However, the use of aquatic biological resources, obtained for cultural and educational purposes, has the right only to a person who has been granted the right to extract or catch such aquatic biological resources, and only using property located in the territory of the Russian Federation. The right to use aquatic bioresources obtained for cultural and educational purposes is not provided by law to other persons.

Environmentalist are set to apply to the supervisory authorities with a request to verify the legitimacy of the issuance of permits.

China has become infamous for the poor conditions, quality and care to animals leading to even more concern for the future of the mammals.

http://seavoicenews.com/2019/01/21/50-seals-will-be-removed-from-the-primorksy-region-of-russia-to-be-put-in-china-zoos/

Petition: Congress passed u.s. bill against the capturing of orcas and other cetaceans

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Kylie Anderson started this petition to U.S. Senate and 3 others

On October 24th, 2018, Canada finally passed the S-203 bill which outlaws the capturing of whales and dolphins, and placing them into captivity. Happy to hear this news, I researched the action that the US is taking with this unheeded issue, and it did not come as a surprise to me when I essentially found nothing beyond outdated petitions and articles only discussing the status of the matter.

However, according to Michigan State University’s animal law info base, it was said in 2010 that, “There are currently no laws in the US prohibiting the housing of orca whales in captivity; rather laws that specifically allow for the capture of wild orcas for purposes of entertainment and scientific research. The United States relies instead on maintaining its captive whale population through breeding programs of whales already living in captivity. While there is no law prohibiting the display of orcas, there are laws that govern those facilities that house them.”

We need to guarantee the protection of these animals, rather than valuing the immoral cooperations that house them. The primary laws governing the facilities housing orca whales are the Animal Welfare Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which only serve to ensure a permit and regulations of the animal and its “environment”. Yet there are still no laws in place to ban the cruel capturing and imprisonment of orcas and other cetaceans in the United States.

Since 1961, SeaWorld has taken in over 156 orcas into captivity, and of those 156 whales, 129 of them have died in the span of 58 years. In the wild, however, orcas have a life expectancy of about 50 to 90 years old, while most of these SeaWorld orcas only live to see about 15 or 25 years old, if that. As of right now, SeaWorld continues to hold over 21 orcas in their three parks in the United States, and while each of the parks have said to discontinue the orca performances, these animals are still being held in concrete tanks each day for hours at a time, driving them to the point of insanity.

Though over the last few years, SeaWorld have responded to the backlash of their controversial reputation, they have only made minuscule improvements in a problem that is larger than they know. If the capturing of cetaceans continues, the species will only become more endangered and the orca population, as we know it, will ultimately cease to exist. It is time to finally free these innocent and beautiful animals.

https://www.change.org/p/congress-pass-u-s-bill-against-the-capturing-of-orcas-and-other-cetaceans?utm_source=social_media&utm_medium=twitter_us

Exclusive Video: Plight Desperate for Abandoned Dolphin | Dolphin Project

Update 11 /13/ 18: According to a well-informed source, Inuboski Marine Park Aquarium is currently in debt and seeking a buyer. When the Marine Park was closed, a foreign company reportedly made an offer of a few hundred million yen to buy the marine park. It was later revealed the marine park was in debt of almost the same amount, and ultimately the buyer withdrew. We are told there are no other investors in negotiations at this time.

Our source can confirm that honey is being care for by a staff member.

Continue reading here and please sign the petition…

https://dolphinproject.com/blog/exclusive-video-plight-desperate-for-taiji-caught-abandoned-dolphin/

Demand Freedom for Orcas Trapped in Russian “Whale Jail”

Hundreds of whales are being captured and held captive in inhumane whale jails. Demand that the Russian government take action and stop ignoring this horrific practice.

Source: Demand Freedom for Orcas Trapped in Russian “Whale Jail”

Petition: Eleven Seals Live in a 3-Foot Deep Pool, All So This Aquarium Can Make Money

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The Seaside Aquarium in Seaside, Oregon, stands around 100 yards from the Pacific Ocean. The sounds of the waves echo against its facade and visitors come and go with sand on their feet. But that short 300-foot walk to the sea might as well be 1,000 miles for the 11 harbor seals the aquarium holds captive.

One of Seaside Aquariums biggest draws are these helpless seals that live in a small pool-like enclosure, perhaps 8X5 feet and no deeper than 2.5 feet. Customers can have the “pleasure” of seeing them in their miserable tank and for a small fee you can buy a tray of fish and feed them. The poor seals clap and howl competing for the few bits of fish between the 11 of them. According to one aquarium worker, during the summer this is their main source of food.

This is not the way it should be for these beautiful marine mammals or the several other animals that unfortunately call the aquarium home. Seals for one, are extremely intelligent social beings that need stimulation to live a healthy, normal life. In the wild, these animals have the whole of the ocean to call their home but at Seaside they barely have a pool, and a shallow one at that.

Seaside aquarium defends their facilities saying that they are governed by USDA standards. But these rules are clearly minimum standards, and even if they aren’t breaking our laws, they are breaking the rules of nature by forcing the seals to live in captivity for their entire lives.

It’s time Seaside recognized that it is not OK to imprison marine mammals and use them as tourist traps to line their pockets. Please sign the petition and ask Seaside Aquarium officials to give the seals to a sanctuary where they can live the rest of their life in peace.

https://www.thepetitionsite.com/958/863/696/eleven-seals-in-a-3-foot-pool-all-so-this-aquarium-can-make-money/?TAP=1724

Canada Just Took A Vital Step Forward In Banning The Captivity of Whales And Dolphins.

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by Alex Larson →

Finally after a three year fight with conservative parties, the Canadian bill “Ending the Captivity of Whales an Dolphin Act” has made its way through Canada’s Senate and onto the House of Commons.

Bill S-203 is a huge step forward for opponents of whale and dolphin captivity as it would ban all captivity across Canada.

Currently there are two current facilities in Canada that harbor the marine mammals, Marineland in Niagra Falls and Vancouver Aquarium. Vancouver Aquarium currently has one Pacific white-sided dolphin named Helen remains at the aquarium. Marineland currently is home to multiple species including the largest beluga whale “collection” in the world.

Now, if Bill S-204 is able to be passed through the House of Commons, both aquariums will not be able to continue their whale and dolphin programs. Unfortunately for the mammals currently calling the aquariums home will, they will not be able to return back to the sea as they have lived their whole life in tanks for the purpose of human entertainment. Where the bill will really make a difference is ensuring that no wild dolphin or whale in the future will be caught to replace or fill a tank.

Before the vote took place, the Senate heard arguments from Vancouver Aquarium whom claim that keeping whales and dolphins captive is beneficial for research and educational purposes. Independent Sen. Mary Jane Callum, a supporter of the bill, said, “If scientists are truly interested in observing and understanding the actions and behaviours of these animals, they would be best suited doing this in the wild, where they are able to exist freely and without constraint.”

http://seavoicenews.com/2018/10/26/canada-just-took-a-vital-step-forward-in-banning-the-captivity-of-whales-and-dolphins/

Petition: STOP Bear Grylls Exploiting Marine Animals at his Adventure Park Experience · Change.org

Emily Lawrence started this petition to Bear Grylls and 1 other

“Visitors to the new Bear Grylls Adventure Park at the NEC Birmingham will be able to go swimming with sharks when it opens at the NEC this autumn.” (Coventry Live 13/7/2018)

In the 21st century there is absolutely no excuse to exploit animals in this way. When the world is waking up to the cruelty and greed of swimming with whales and dolphins in captivity why are we now encouraging the swimming with any captive marine animal?

We should be encouraging our children to explore the world and value its wildlife not see it as a way to make a profit. The experience of seeing wildlife in the wild should be our priority.

This is not Conservation. It sends the completely wrong message to our children and adults alike. We ask you Bear Grylls to stop this!

https://www.change.org/p/bear-grylls-stop-bear-grylls-exploiting-marine-animals-at-his-adventure-park-experience?recruiter=2324836&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_petition

Stop Interactive Aquarium Sea Quest Littleton · Change.org

Stop Interactive Aquarium Sea Quest Littleton · Change.or Linda Gonzales started this petition to GGP Greg.Sims@ggp.com

SeaQuest’s interactive exhibit is an atrocity in the making. With its current construction inside the Southwest Plaza mall, we believe the welfare of the marine life, birds, and other animals will be put at risk. SeaQuest is planning on having over 1200 animals subject to abuse and torture with its opening at the newest location in Littleton.

Colorado is a forward-thinking, animal-friendly state that cares about the environment and the planet, this latest addition is not welcome in our state.

There is a documented history of repeated criminal convictions involving illegal acquirement and trade of exotic animals, and lying to investors linked to SeaQuest Interactive Aquariums. Employee and customer safety marks from OSHA are on record, as well as eyewitness testimony of abuse, and neglect. These aquariums also see an unusually high mortality rate compared to averages across the country.

We believe that Colorado is an amazing state, full of caring individuals who stand against what Sea Quest stands for. It is up to us to stop the construction of this building and to stand up for what is morally right for these animals. We pride ourselves on supporting ethical businesses that bring revenue to the area and educates the public. The Interactive Aquarium by SeaQuest does not meet those standards.

Don’t be captivated by their captivity. #captivitykills #banseaquest

https://www.change.org/p/ggp-greg-sims-ggp-com-stop-interactive-aquarium-sea-quest-littleton?source_location=petition_footer&algorithm=promoted&original_footer_petition_id=13158523&grid_position=1&pt=AVBldGl0aW9uALeKyAAAAAAAWuznxQpgoFoyMDM0NTUyZA%3D%3D

Petition: Tell Marineland: No More Live Animals at the Park


https://www.thepetitionsite.com/898/348/219/tell-marineland-no-more-live-animals-at-the-park/

Marineland Sues Ontario SPCA For Trying To ‘Destroy’ Theme Park | Care2 Causes

By: Laura Goldman
November 3, 2017

For many years, advocates have voiced their concerns about the welfare of the captive animals at Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

In November 2016, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) filed five animal cruelty charges against Marineland in regard to the theme park’s failure to provide prescribed standards of care for its bears, guinea hens and a peacock. Two months later, the OSPCA filed six additional animal cruelty charges related to the treatment of the park’s elk, red deer and fallow deer.

Marineland called the charges a “publicity campaign at the behest of a band of discredited activists with little relevant expertise or knowledge.”

All 11 animal cruelty charges were dismissed in August by the Crown in Provincial Offences Court, which said there was no “reasonable prospect” of conviction for eight of the charges and the other three were “not in the public’s interest” to pursue. But when the OSPCA conducted a surprise inspection of Marineland a week after the charges were dropped, it said it found 11 items requiring action regarding the park’s veterinarians, according to the Niagara Falls Review.
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Marineland issued a statement saying the OSPCA’s inspection found “no signs of abuse, distress, mistreatment or neglect” of its animals.

Two months after the surprise inspection, Marineland has filed a $21 million lawsuit against the OSPCA on the grounds of malicious prosecution, negligent investigation, injurious falsehood, and abuse of power and process. It alleges that the animal charity “maliciously targeted the theme park in order to curry favor with animal rights activists and boost fundraising,” CBC reports.

The OSPCA’s purpose in filing the animal cruelty charges “was not the enforcement of the law,” according to Marineland’s statement of claim. “It was motivated by a series of improper objectives, including a desire to accomplish its own policy agenda, to mollify the animal activist community, to please its donors, and to effectively destroy Marineland.”

In a statement, the OSPCA said it “vehemently denies all of the allegations and will defend itself.”
MARINELAND ‘NOTORIOUS’ FOR LAWSUITS AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWERS

Marineland is “notorious for suing anyone who opposes its cruel facility,” according to In Defense of Animals, which ranked the park at No. 2 on its list of the 10 Worst Tanks for Dolphins and Whales.

In the past five years alone, Marineland has filed 10 lawsuits, including the following:

In 2012, Marineland filed a $7 million libel lawsuit against the Toronto Star for its investigative report about the neglect and mistreatment of animals at the theme park.
In 2013, Marineland filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against former employee Phil Demers for “plotting to steal a walrus” after he spoke out against the park’s treatment of animals. It also sued animal activist Mike Garrett for $1.5 million after a series of protests.
In 2014, Marineland filed $1.2 million in defamation lawsuits against the Digital Journal and The Georgia Straight for publishing stories about the death of sea lions at the theme park and the health of Kiska, its last remaining orca.
Last year, Marineland sued marine biology student Zach Affolter for $1 million because he used images “illegally taken” inside the park in his documentary, “Black Water.” Marineland said the film would “secure income for animal activist organizations and, as such, is for a commercial purpose.” Marineland is never mentioned in the film, which Affolter had intended to post on YouTube for an educational purpose.

None of the lawsuits have been settled. Marineland is “leveraging the publicly funded court system in an attempt to silence any criticism they don’t like about their facility,” Garrett said in 2014.

And now Marineland wants a whopping $21 million from a charity that protects animals. Hopefully a judge will have the good sense to toss this frivolous lawsuit. There are probably 21 million better ways all that money can be used to help animals instead of putting it in Marineland’s pocket.

Photo credit: Robert Dewar

http://www.care2.com/causes/marineland-sues-ontario-spca-for-trying-to-destroy-theme-park.html