Three bottlenose dolphins rescued from Indonesian tourist attraction are released into ocean

Cortney Moore

Three bottlenose dolphins that were rescued from a resort hotel in Indonesia in 2019 are now swimming free — after they were rehabilitated by a specialized animal sanctuary.

The dolphin trio — Johnny, Rocky and Rambo — were rescued by the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center. 

It’s a dolphin care facility that the Indonesian government set up in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, according to the Associated Press.


Indonesia’s Bali Forestry Department and Ministry of Forestry are the two nature conservation agencies that started the rehab center, according to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit that partnered with the initiative.

Umah lumba is the Balinese word for dolphin, according to the Dolphin Project.

In this photo released by Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, rescued bottlenose dolphin Rocky — equipped with a GPS tag — swam through the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia.

In this photo released by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, rescued bottlenose dolphin Rocky — equipped with a GPS tag — swam through the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, Indonesia. ( via AP)

The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center takes in dolphins that have been retired from performances.

Johnny, Rocky and Rambo were set free in Banyuwedang Bay on Saturday, Sept. 3, after three years of care by the rehab center — which receives labor from the Jakarta Animal Aid Network as well as financial support and supervision from the Dolphin Project. 


“It was an incredibly emotional experience to see them go,” said Lincoln O’Barry, an animal rights activist and campaigns coordinator at the Dolphin Project, in an interview with the Associated Press.

Animal rights activists and filmmakers Lincoln O'Barry (left) and Ric O'Barry (right) work to protect dolphins around the globe through Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project, a nonprofit focused on dolphin welfare.

Animal rights activists and filmmakers Lincoln O’Barry (left) and Ric O’Barry (right) work to protect dolphins around the globe through Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, a nonprofit focused on dolphin welfare. (Barry King/WireImage)

O’Barry, 50, is the son of Ric O’Barry, 82, who started the Dolphin Project in 1970 after seeing the toll that show business took on dolphins.

In the 1960s, Ric O’Barry trained dolphins on the set of “Flipper,” a TV show that lasted for three seasons.


Ric O’Barry then shifted his career from dolphin trainer to “dolphin defender” after the show dolphin named Kathy, “who played Flipper most of the time, died in his arms,” according to the Dolphin Project.

The father-and-son O’Barry pair were both in attendance during Johnny, Rocky and Rambo’s release.

The three dolphins were captured in Indonesia and spent years performing in traveling circuses until they ended up in a small, chlorinated swimming pool at a resort hotel in North Bali, according to the Dolphin Project.

“Day after day, [they were] forced to perform for paying tourists during loud theatrical shows,” the Dolphin Project wrote in a press announcement for the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in 2020.

During their captivity, the three dolphins sustained injuries, the Dolphin Project reported.


Johnny, the eldest of the group, experienced skin damage, a pectoral fin injury, a cornea injury, malnourishment and worn-down teeth that went below his gum line.

This summer, Johnny received dental crowns that allow him to catch his own fish.

Rocky and Rambo reportedly gained weight and strength during their rehabilitation, according to the Dolphin Project.

When the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center opened their underwater gates to free the three dolphins, Johnny, Rocky and Rambo did not immediately leave, the Associated Press reported.

It reportedly took about an hour for the dolphins to venture out into Banyuwedang Bay.

Johnny was the first to leave, according to the Associated Press.

On Sat., Sept. 3, 2022, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar (center) opened the gates to release three rescued dolphins — Rocky, Rambo and Johnny — from a dolphin sanctuary. The dolphins were freed in Banyuwedang Bay, located in West Bali, Indonesia.

On Sat., Sept. 3, 2022, Indonesian Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar (center) opened the gates to release three rescued dolphins — Rocky, Rambo and Johnny — from a dolphin sanctuary. The dolphins were freed in Banyuwedang Bay, located in West Bali, Indonesia. ( via AP)

The three dolphins reportedly circled the sanctuary that freed them before they departed the area.


“They turned back around and came back to us one more time, almost to say thank you and goodbye,” said Lincoln O’Barry, in a statement. “And then they headed straight out to open ocean and disappeared.” 

The Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center will monitor Johnny, Rocky and Rambo through GPS tracking, the news agency reported.

“Where they head next, we don’t know,” O’Barry told the AP. “But we wish them a good long life.”

In this photo released by Ric O'Barry's Dolphin Project on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, rescued bottlenose dolphin Johnny swam to the surface of Banyuwedang Bay after he was released from the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in West Bali, Indonesia.

In this photo released by Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, rescued bottlenose dolphin Johnny swam to the surface of Banyuwedang Bay after he was released from the Umah Lumba Rehabilitation, Release and Retirement Center in West Bali, Indonesia. ( via AP)

The World Wildlife Fund estimates that the global bottlenose dolphin population is around 600,000.

“Dolphins live off fish, and they work cooperatively to herd their prey to the surface for easier feeding,” the WWF wrote in a common bottlenose dolphin profile. 

“Because they live so close to the shore, they are threatened by bycatch, coastal development and environmental degradation.”

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this article. 

Cortney Moore is an associate lifestyle writer/producer for Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent on Twitter at @CortneyMoore716.

Miami Seaquarium dolphin attacks trainer during live show

A dolphin attacks a trainer during the Flipper Dolphin Show at the Miami Seaquarium.

A dolphin attacks a trainer during the Flipper Dolphin Show at the Miami Seaquarium. (Shannon Carpenter)

Emmett Jones

A Miami Seaquarium trainer was attacked by a dolphin during a live Flipper Dolphin Show Saturday. 

“[It] looked like the dolphin rammed into the trainer,” Shannon Carpenter, a photographer who was in the audience to see the show, told WSVN. “There was a struggle, some kind of collision underwater happened. The lady on the paddleboard, she paddled out of the water pretty quick, and then the lead trainer started swimming back towards the dock, and it looked like she got ran into a couple more times.”

Following the attack, the trainer escaped the water and remained on her knees poolside until the end of the show.


The Seaquarium said in a statement Tuesday that the trainer accidentally scratched Sundance the dolphin with her hand which led to the aggressive reaction seen on video. 


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took to its TikTok account to analyze the attack, alleging it stemmed from dolphins being forced to perform at the Seaquarium.

Miami Seaquarium says this is the first time a dolphin has broken routine and attacked. The trainer was reportedly sent to the hospital. 

“This was undoubtedly painful to Sundance, who reacted by breaking away from the routine and swimming towards and striking the trainer,” the Seaquarium said. “Both Sundance and the trainer are recovering well.”

Petition · For the end of dolphin parks in our country “Spain” #noesPaísparaDelfines ·


Blau, Tumay and Nuik, were the last three dolphins that were being held in a zoo in our country, although unfortunately they were only transferred to another place where these cetaceans are still forced to perform in shows. In 2018, Barcelona declared itself a cetacean free city, however just a few weeks ago, these three dolphins are no longer being exploited in our country, but in another country, in the Attica Zoological Park in Athens, Greece. Now is the moment to act.

My name is Olivia Mandle, I’m only 13 years old, and I dream that in our country, there will be no dolphin parks (or dolphinariums) where these animals continue to be used for the benefit of a corporation. Whatever their objective may be, it is not normal to lock these animals in small pools day and night for the rest of their lives.

Countries like Cyprus, Slovenia, Croatia, Costa Rica, Chile or India, have banned this type of dolphin park. They have recognized that dolphins and other animals such as orcas are animals endowed with high social intelligence, in need of their community to develop. They are autonomous and self-conscient beings, who want to make their own decisions about what they do, and where they go, and that they also suffer from psychological disorders when locked up.

In Spain however, unlike in those countries, this is not the case. Today, there are up to 11 dolphin parks on the mainland and the islands, which is just cruel and inhumane. In fact, our country, has the highest number of captive cetaceans, something that we should not be proud of.

That is why I believe that our country should begin to take urgent steps to end dolphin parks. You can start, as other countries have done, by prohibiting the breeding and purchase of dolphins in captivity, to later become a dolphin-free country.

Mr. Pedro Sánchez as President of the Government, Mr. Pablo Iglesias as Vice President, Mr. Sergio García Torres, as General Director of Animal Rights: ban dolphin parks in Spain at once.

The mistake that has been made in Barcelona and the suffering of these dolphins could have been avoided: what has been done is to move a “problem” from one zoo to another; When they could have brought these animals to a marine sanctuary, they chose so that these cetaceans continue to live in captivity.

These dolphins do not deserve such a life, they deserve to go to a marine sanctuary where they can be helped to regain their instincts, recover actions such as searching for food, etc. They, like any animal in captivity, deserve to get as close as possible to freedom, which of course, they will never totally or completely have, but at least, they deserve a good end of life. Something that allows them to end their days with dignity and like animals that they are, in freedom and in their natural habitat, or the closest thing to what that habitat could be: a marine sanctuary.

Please sign this petition now to ask Spain to prohibit the breeding and purchase of dolphins, in order to end this outrage.

Free Lolita the Orca From Apparent Starvation, Neglect, and Abuse – Animal Petitions

Sydney Shaffer 3 minutes

Target: Fernando Eiroa, CEO of Miami Seaquarium

Goal: Move Lolita the orca out of a seemingly abusive and neglectful aquarium.

Lolita the orca is approximately 20 feet long, yet she has lived in an enclosure that is too small for 50 years. It is the smallest and oldest enclosure for her kind and the tank may not meet the minimum horizontal dimension as outlined in the federal Animal Welfare Act. It is completely inhumane to keep an animal that swims up to 100 miles in one day in such a cramped area for so many years. A dolphin named Catalina lived in the enclosure with Lolita and that reportedly resulted in her death, as a killer whale and a dolphin should not be in the same living space.

Lolita’s meal rations were allegedly diminished, resulting in her being more one edge as usual. She apparently developed lesions on her eyes which can result from performing under the sun with little to no shade. She has also reportedly been forced to perform headfirst jumps while having an injured jaw. The United States Department of Agriculture is investigating amid the deaths and the apparently unsafe infrastructure at the aquarium. PETA has an ongoing lawsuit against the aquarium to hopefully free Lolita.

Sign below and demand that Lolita be moved to an environment where she can thrive.


Dear Fernando Eiroa,

The Miami Seaquarium needs to be held responsible for the apparent inhumane conditions Lolita has been facing. The enclosure she has been in is reportedly unacceptable for an orca or any animal. Lolita deserves the right meal rations, a safe place to live and swim, and the right treatment when she is injured. Lolita should not be performing when she is injured or under the sun with no shade, seemingly resulting in even more injuries. Lolita deserves to be moved to a place where she will be treated correctly.

Please give Lolita her freedom after so many years of seemingly being treated inhumanely. Treat all your animals with the respect and correct care that they deserve and are meant to have.


Photo Credit: Gregory Smith

Marineland charged under Criminal Code for allegedly using dolphins, whales for entertainment without licence

Niagara police have charged Marineland for using dolphins and whales for entertainment without Ontario government authorization. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Bobby Hristova, Dan Taekema 5 – 6 minutes

Marineland has been charged under the Criminal Code with using dolphins and whales to perform as entertainment without Ontario government authorization, according to Niagara police.

Marineland has been charged under the Criminal Code with using dolphins and whales to perform and entertain customers without Ontario government authorization, Niagara police say.

Police said they began an investigation into allegations captive cetaceans (marine mammals including whales, dolphins and porpoises) were being used at the theme park in Niagara Falls in October.

Mario Lagrotteria, the police service’s Niagara Falls district commander, said there was video evidence throughout August. He also said it’s the first time Niagara police have laid this charge.

“The information [investigators] received substantiated the allegation that this did happen within the month of August,” he said.

Police previously confirmed their investigation was launched following a complaint received in October.

Marineland said in a statement to CBC News the park is following the law and “we look forward to the opportunity to defend ourselves in a court of law.”

Law changed regarding cetaceans 

Miranda Desa, Canadian counsel for the U.S.-based non-profit Last Chance for Animals, said the group filed a complaint on Sept. 30 and a followup complaint in late October based on the use of dolphins and beluga whales for entertainment.

A member of Last Chance for Animals visited Marineland on Aug. 3 and Aug. 16, according to Desa. She said they recorded videos of dolphin and beluga whale shows, and sent them to police with their complaint.

Desa said the complaint focused on the use of belugas that were instructed to do tricks for food in front of park attendees.

The video, viewed by CBC News, appears to show dolphins doing flips and tricks for an audience with music playing in the background.

Under a section of the Criminal Code that was introduced in 2019, captive cetaceans cannot be used “for performance for entertainment purposes” unless the performance is authorized with a licence from the province.

After years of debate, the new law, part of Bill S-203, banned the captivity of cetaceans. It included a grandfather clause, however, for animals already in captivity.

Niagara police said the charge against Marineland was for the alleged use of captive cetacean for performance for entertainment purposes without authorization.

Marineland says show is educational

Marineland said in a statement the routine was an “educational presentation.”

“Our animal presentation contains marine mammals undertaking behaviours they exhibit in ocean environments. These behaviours are combined with an educational script delivered by Marineland staff, providing a foundation in understanding of these important marine species.

“Marineland continues to be committed to our mission of research, education and conservation and will continue to provide world-class care for the animals who call Marineland home,” the theme park said.

Marineland, shown in Niagara Falls, Ont., on Aug. 14, 2017, told CBC in an email Monday that it is following the law. (Tara Walton/The Canadian Press)

Lagrotteria said police found the evidence it gathered “met the threshold to lay the charge,” but couldn’t say much else as the case is before the courts.

He said any other concerns about the welfare of animals at the park should be directed to Provincial Animal Welfare Services.

Criminal charge precedent setting, expert says

Kendra Coulter, an associate professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., who’s an analyst of labour involving animals, expressed skepticism over the idea such performances are educational.

“Any marine animals who are being kept in tiny tanks are not behaving normally,” Coulter said in a phone interview.

“But the bigger question here is around the ethics of captivity and whether these large, complex, intellectually robust animals can in any way have healthy and positive lives in such tiny tanks and conditions … the consensus is increasingly no.”

There’s a shift toward creating ocean-based sanctuaries and other alternatives, said Coulter.

Camille Labchuk, a lawyer and executive director of Animal Justice, said Marineland is one of the only theme parks in Canada that still has whales and dolphins, let alone uses them in performances.

“It is gratifying to see Niagara police take this matter seriously because the law is only as good as its enforcement,” she said.

Representatives for Marineland are set to appear in court in St. Catharines on Feb. 14.

Under the section of the Criminal Code related to the Marineland case, anyone convicted of the offence is liable to a fine not exceeding $200,000.

Marineland has been under more scrutiny recently, with Animal Welfare Services and non-profit Animal Justice raising its own concerns.

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Nova Scotia coast chosen as potential home for retired whales raised in captivity – Halifax |

By Michael Tutton The Canadian Press

A U.S.-based conservation group has chosen a site in Nova Scotia where it plans to build a kind of retirement home for whales raised in captivity.

The Whale Sanctuary Project announced Tuesday that it wants to provide a home for about eight whales in a 40-hectare inlet southeast of Sherbrooke, N.S., at Port Hilford, along the province’s rugged and lightly populated Eastern Shore.

Charles Vinick, director of the non-profit group, says it still requires provincial and federal permits and an estimated $12 to $15 million for capital costs.

Group narrows search for beluga retirement site to two sites off Nova Scotia

The project involves installing nets to enclose an inlet, creating an area where the retired orca and beluga whales are free to swim and dive deeply, while still being fed and cared for by the group.

Vinick says consultation work will continue with the small communities in the area, as well as with a group of lobster fishermen who have fished the local waters.

However, he also says strong community support for the project has been key to selecting the Nova Scotia option over possibilities in British Columbia and Washington State.

Vinick says the pristine waters about 200 kilometres northeast of Halifax offer an expansive area in a bay that’s open to the ocean but is sheltered from storms.

He says his group’s past experience with captured whales is that they cannot re-adapt to life in the wild without assistance.

“You might think of it as retirement, or assisted living. These whales have raised tens of millions of dollars for their park owners, and they’ve entertained millions of people, and we owe something back,” said Vinick.

The plan to locate a sanctuary in Nova Scotia comes in the wake of Parliament passing Bill S-203 last year to bring an end to the captivity of whales and dolphins in Canada.

“Whales and dolphins are highly intelligent, emotionally sensitive and socially complex animals,” said Dr. Lori Marino, president of the Whale Sanctuary Project.

Marineland, Vancouver Aquarium shipping beluga whales out of Canada ahead of new law

“In the confines of a concrete tank at a marine park they suffer chronic stress and then often fatal illness. Relocating them to an ocean environment will give them a healthier life where they can thrive.”

Dr. Stephen Flemming, director of the nearby Sherbrooke Village Museum, said in a news release that he’s “delighted at the prospect of having a whale sanctuary nearby.”

Vinick said the group intends to work with schools and museums to offer educational programs about the whales at the sanctuary and their counterparts in the wild.

The Whale Sanctuary Project’s objective is to have the sanctuary ready to receive whales by the end of 2021.

Vinick estimates the annual cost will be $2 million – including a veterinary clinic staffed full-time and a nearby interpretation centre.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2020.

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Ottawa passes legislation that bans whale and dolphin captivity in Canada
Liam Casey

Keeping whales and dolphins in captivity will no longer be allowed across Canada under legislation that passed Monday, drawing celebrations from activists and politicians who called it a significant development for animal rights.

The federal bill, which now only requires royal assent to become law, will phase out the practice of holding cetaceans — such as whales, dolphins and porpoises — in captivity, but grandfathers in those that are already being kept at two facilities in the country.

“Today’s a really good day for animals in Canada,” said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May, who sponsored the private member’s bill that began its journey in the Senate in 2015 before moving on to the House of Commons.

“Many scientists testified to why it was critical that we stop keeping cetaceans in captivity. We understand why because they are obviously not akin to other animals, for instance, livestock. Cetaceans require the ocean, they require the space, they require acoustic communication over long distances.”

Gord Johns, the NDP critic for fisheries and oceans said the bill’s passage marked “a celebration for cetaeans, for animals rights, the planet and our oceans.”

The legislation, which had its third and final reading Monday, received support from the Liberals, NDP and Bloc Quebecois, with some Conservatives opposed.

It bans the capture of wild cetaceans, but does allow for the rehabilitation and rescue of the aquatic mammals. The bill also changes the Criminal Code, creating new animal cruelty offences related to the captivity of cetaceans. Breeding is also banned.

Imports and exports of cetaceans will also be banned under the bill, with exceptions only for scientific research or “if it is in the best interest” of the animal, with discretion left up to the minister, thereby clamping down on the marine mammal trade.

“This is a watershed moment for whales and dolphins, and powerful recognition that our country no longer accepts imprisoning smart, sensitive animals in tiny tanks for entertainment,” said Camille Labchuk, executive director of advocacy group Animal Justice.

Marineland in Niagara Falls, Ont., and the Vancouver Aquarium in British Columbia are the only two facilities in Canada that currently keep captive cetaceans.

The Vancouver Aquarium announced last year that it would no longer house cetaceans and has one dolphin left at its facility. That came after Vancouver’s board of parks and recreation passed a bylaw amendment in 2017 banning cetaceans being brought to or kept in city parks after two beluga whales held at the aquarium died.

Marineland, meanwhile, has told the government it has more than 50 belugas at its facility.

It recently received approval to export two belugas, both owned by the Vancouver Aquarium, to a park in Spain. It also applied to move five more belugas to facilities in the United States, but hasn’t received those approvals yet, a Fisheries spokeswoman said late last week.

The facility told the government it had problems with the way the whale and dolphin captivity bill was written, noting that it would be in violation of the Criminal Code when the law comes into effect since some of its belugas are pregnant and set to give birth this summer.

On Monday, it said it will comply with “all animal welfare legislation in Canada.”

“Marineland began an evolution in our operation some time ago, and as that evolution continues we are confident that our operations remain compliant with all aspects of (the bill),” it said in a statement.

The head of Humane Canada, an animal welfare group, said the legislation was needed.

“If the bill didn’t do something to end captive breeding, we could have ended up with a beluga farm in Marineland,” said Barbara Cartwright.

Phil Demers, a former whale trainer at Marineland who testified at hearings on the bill, said he was “elated” at it passing.

“Marineland could never be again, if it wanted to start today,” said Demers, a longtime critic of Marieland who is engaged in a legal battle with the facility.

Marineland, for its part, has long said it treats its animals well.

“Marineland Canada continues to be a facility where children can learn about and be inspired by cetaceans without invading their natural habitats or disturbing cetacean populations that live in the ocean,” it said Monday. “We’re proud of our work, and our contribution to research, education, and conservation.”

Sign Petition: Send Dolphinaris Arizona Dolphins to a Real Sanctuary

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.

Sign Petition: This Captive Walrus Was So Stressed It Wouldn’t Eat — Then It Died
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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Please Sign: Take the Pledge | Dolphin Project
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.


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50 Seals Will Be Removed From The Primorksy Region Of Russia To Be Put In China Zoos – Sea Voice News

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

Breaking! Whales & Dolphins In Captivity And Shark Finning Are One Step Closer To Being Banned In Canada – World Animal News


By WAN –
October 25, 2018

National animal law organization Animal Justice is applauding the Senate for passing Bill S-203, the Ending the Captivity of Whales and Dolphins Act in Canada. If passed, Bill S-203 would outlaw keeping whales and dolphins in tiny concrete tanks for display.
After years of delay and obstruction, the legislation passed late on Tuesday evening in a surprise vote, and will now move to the House of Commons where it will be sponsored by Green leader Elizabeth May. Bill S-203 was originally introduced by Senator Wilfred Moore in December 2015, then sponsored by Senator Murray Sinclair after Senator Moore retired.
Conservative Senate Whip Don Plett repeatedly used procedural delay tactics to slow down the legislation. Fed up with his efforts to block Bill S-203 from reaching a final vote, MPs from all parties joined Animal Justice and Humane Society International at a press conference in June to call for an end to the stalling tactics.
“Canadians understand that whales and dolphins are complex, intelligent beings who deserve far more than a life of boredom and misery in captivity,” said lawyer Camille Labchuk, executive director of Animal Justice in a statement. “That’s why Bill S-203 has attracted such tremendous support from the public as well as politicians from all parties. Animal Justice is calling on the House of Commons to swiftly pass this groundbreaking measure to protect whales and dolphins. Canada has some of the worst animal protection laws in the western world, but banning whale and dolphin captivity would demonstrate international leadership on animals.”
After passing Bill S-203, the Senate also voted in favor of Bill S-238, the Ban on Shark Fin Importation Act, sponsored by Conservative Senator Michael MacDonald. Bill S-238 also has strong support across party lines.
Fast facts about Bill S-203:

Bill S-203 would make it an offence to keep captive, breed, import, or export a whale, dolphin or porpoise. There are exemptions for cetaceans currently in captivity, as well as for rescue and rehabilitation efforts.
Bill S-203 was studied for nearly a year by the Fisheries Committee, which heard evidence from countless experts over 17 committee meetings.
Only two Canadian facilities still keep whales and dolphins in captivity—Marineland and the Vancouver Aquarium. There is only one surviving dolphin at the Vancouver Aquarium after a spate of deaths, and the facility has publicly committed not to acquire any further cetaceans.
Over a dozen other jurisdictions around the world have already banned keeping some or all cetaceans in tanks, including Mexico, France, South Carolina, and California. Ontario banned keeping orca whales in 2015, and the Vancouver Park Board voted to ban cetacean display and captivity at the Vancouver Aquarium in 2017. (The ban is being challenged in court.)
The Whale Sanctuary Project plans to build a seaside sanctuary for retired whales and dolphins in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, or Washington.

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Petition: Help Rescue Abandoned Dolphin and Penguins
Help Rescue Abandoned Dolphin and Penguins

A dolphin called Honey, 46 penguins, and hundreds of fish and reptiles have been abandoned at Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium in Choshi after it shut down earlier this year. Former employees are reportedly feeding the animals, but Honey has been left imprisoned in a tiny, filthy pool with green, cloudy water, and penguins have been spotted in unsafe enclosures littered with debris.

Honey—who was captured in 2005 near Taiji during Japan’s annual dolphin slaughter—is growing increasingly frustrated and stressed from being deprived of companionship, the opportunity to swim freely in the ocean, and everything else that’s natural and important to her. If she’s transferred to another aquarium, she will likely spend the rest of her life in a tiny tank, being forced to perform circus-style tricks for food.

That’s why it’s vital that all the animals imprisoned at the run-down Inubosaki Marine Park Aquarium be released to sanctuaries, where they would be protected and free from harassment. PETA stands ready to help with this.

Please urge the governor of Chiba Prefecture and the executive director of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums to take immediate action to transfer all the animals suffering at the derelict facility to sanctuaries, where they can be cared for.

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

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!

Stop Interactive Aquarium Sea Quest Littleton ·

Stop Interactive Aquarium Sea Quest Littleton · Change.or Linda Gonzales started this petition to GGP

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

Petition: 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 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.

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