One would think that with Sea World deciding to end its orca captive breeding program, that freedom for the dolphin and other cetaceans would be trending up. But not so, since when it comes to unbridled capitalism, anything that makes money is ok unless wise citizens like us rise up and stop it. And here are two places for you to go to work to save the dolphins.
Soon, Dolphinaris a Mexican company with six trained dolphin shows in Mexico expects to open an entertainment facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, populating it with bottlenose dolphins. Not dolphins captured in the wild, the company proudly exclaims, but dolphins born in captivity, accustomed to pool life (not to mention that they are the offspring of those that had been captured in such faraway places as the Solomon Islands — with the Solomon government approval). Of course, this just encourages capturing more dolphins so they can be bred to produce offspring that are “acceptable,” because they are not wild.
So, it’s to be dolphins in the desert, where summer weather hits 120 degrees, where the high desert winters can get quite chilly, and where the dolphins will reside in huge tubs in an urban environment, surrounded by freeways and cell towers and adoring yet screaming humans. Stop the nonsense.
Here’s a petition to sign, if it’s not too late.
Then there is Grand Turk, where Carnival Cruise Line is behind a scheme to get a dolphin show established to provide another reason for people to take a cruise to the Turks and Caicos Islands. The company in charge employs a head dolphin expert with only a high school degree and no scientific training. To fulfill the requirement of the Turks and Caicos Islands, they propose that in an emergency they will shift their dolphins to local hotel and home swimming pools, without a thought to the chlorine in those pools.
Maybe we divers can do something to stop them.