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A cultural monstrosity

A blogger has written an Op Ed that attempts to support the notion that those who kill animals or benefit from the killing by partaking in its repast – whether by eating animals or, I presume, by going to dolphin shows or “swim-withs” where one leaves with a selfie as she kisses or hugs a dolphin – are not “monsters”.

In the first instance, any pretense of discussion of name-calling can be answered quite readily without pretending to have a rational discussion of psychological pathologies.  The ready answer is, be polite.  Most humans were taught at a very early age, sometimes with the aid of soap-in-the-mouth, that name-calling is not polite.

So we’ve settled that bit.

 Thinking people will recognize that his argument is based in a “because lots of people do it, it cannot be monstrous” position.  But let’s be clear:  that a monstrosity is cultural makes it no less monstrous.

There are obvious and numerous examples of acts that are no more acceptable just because many can do it in their sleep while chewing gum.  Most of us living in 2014 would need but a second or two to recognize and list examples of past and culturally-accepted behavior that violate our current sense of ethics:

  • Slavery/human trafficking
  • Genital mutilation
  • Stoning of women
  • Hysterectomies to address, you guessed it, hysteria
  • Rape
  • Foot-binding

to name just a few.  These all have in common that each had a time when it was accepted as a social norm.  Some cultures have modified the practices to be more palatable in a “rational” and “ethical” world.  All of these remain acceptable practices in some cultures.  All of them share something else: the need to be considered and eradicated without attempting to assuage the consciences of those who either cling to them or took part in them in the past.

Objectification of animals shares something with human slavery: they were both once accepted as ethical. Photo by Murky1

Objectification of animals shares something with human slavery: they were both once accepted as ethical. Photo by Murky1

Any attempts to assuage those consciences should be outed as nothing more than a red-herring.  None who genuinely work for a more ethical, sustainable world are motivated by or interested in making someone feel bad for something they did in a state of ignorance.  And it is undeniable that, nearly without exception, all who considered these practices acceptable were ignorant to the reality that the practices were never ethical, in the sense of ultimate ethics.  The best that one can do to justify any of these activities is found using some amalgam of relative and cultural ethics, where ethics are justified or even created by the circumstances.

But I invite you not to go down the rabbit hole of some red-herring debate of whether someone is a monster by virtue of his killing or exploiting an animal, or is, rather, merely “punching a clock” like any Average Joe.

If one avoids joining a discussion on whether or not someone is a monster for his acts, he can spend more time doing the good work of examining his ethics in the light of day instead of in the dark tunnel of justification.  He can, then, make informed choices.  Rather than justify behaviors while taking a heavy dose of cognitive dissonance kool-aid sweetened by speciesism with more than a dash of relative ethics, examine.  Read about speciesism.  And examine again.  Don’t waste time feeling bad in the “blame game.”  Make choices and move on, as many of us consistently invite the Taiji or Faroese dolphins hunters to do.

Monsters?  I don’t know and don’t care.  Some of them may be.  Some may actually revel in the taking of a life.  But monstrous, Mr. Smith?  Yes, indeed, the acts that you describe are monstrous.  Without exception.

It is . . . our collective culture of objectification, not some subculture of food on one island or in one theme-park-based city, that is responsible for this act.  This culture is the vestige, however powerful in forming our opinions, of ancient misunderstanding that all of us must throw off.  We must throw it off because it was never true in the first place, and it will kill the planet and most of the creatures that found their lives formed here.  – A reconsideration of the human entitlement to gawk

Shedd Aquarium cross-promotion of marine mammal captivity

Media was there on the Georgia Aquarium’s opening day and since, for instance, when the dolphins were used to promote the Superbowl.  Perhaps it is news when there is a new “world’s largest aquarium” in town. But the latest “news story” is that dogs are now part of the Shedd Aquarium’s “crowd-wowing aquatic shows” and  are “bow-wowing the crowds.”

Not a new theme, aquarium leadership apparently cannot tell the difference between dogs and dolphins. But now the Shedd Aquarium with the help of NBC, is doing a little cross-promotion between dogs and dolphins to lend an air of acceptability to marine mammal captivity.

The news should be the media's complicity in perpetuating statis in the ethics of marine mammal captivity

The news should be the media’s complicity in perpetuating stasis in the ethics of marine mammal captivity

This news story is another reminder of why aquariums would like us to associate dogs with dolphins.  Why would an aquarium do that, you might find yourself asking.  Why is it in the interest of the aquarium industry to have the public associate dogs and dolphins; to think, as does Billy Hurley of the Georgia Aquarium, that captive dolphins’ jumping for food is much like dogs’ chasing frisbees in the park.

Without reiterating even the short list of why dogs and dolphins are not the same, suffice it to say, dog owners who have owned more than one breed know that even among dogs, one breed of dog is not like another.  Humans have bred working dogs, for instance, to perform tasks.  Shepherds will, for instance, herd children if there is nothing else to herd, due to selective breeding.

And among humans, we have this innate connection, over tens of thousands of years, with dogs. We love dogs.  We love to have them in our families and nothing could be more right for many of us than to rescue and care for a dog.   We also love other animals, like dolphins, but our model for caring for animals, for “loving” animals, is mostly informed by our long-standing relationship with domesticated animals, like dog or horses.  We make the mistake, then, of thinking that how we “love” dogs is how we should “love” dolphins. By training them to do tricks, by keeping them in enclosures, by petting them, by swimming with them, by saying, “Good girl . . .”

And the aquarium industry is literally banking on it.

So when you see a similar cross-promotion intended to make this inappropriate connection (and thank you, Shedd, for this blatant display), please recall that cross-promotion and association is precisely what is going on.  Remember if you will that dolphins and other marine mammals, by their nature, do not fare well in captivity, while dogs thrive “in captivity,” and that we should be doing everything in our power to restore their freedom and to Empty the Tanks.

 

Nellie turns 60 in captivity, a “milestone” for Marineland’s “star”

Some of Marineland’s statements in its celebration of Nellie’s 60 years in captivity ring true, because they reveal the aquarium industry’s lack of appreciation that captivity for a marine mammal is nothing to celebrate:

Such a milestone, and we can’t be happier for her,                 for us, and for the marine mammal community.

Here are other milestones, in addition to her honorary Masters of Science degree in Marine Biology, that Nellie may recall during her time at Marineland, in addition to being the star of those TV shows and commercials that Marineland seems to think is a feather in Nellie’s birthday hat.

Death or removal of both parents:

  • Susie, Nellie’s mother, was wild-caught in 1949, and died on September 22, 1962, when Nellie was just nine years old
  • Happy, Nellie’s father, wild-caught in 1946, was released on November 15, 1956, when Nellie was three

Deaths of siblings:

  • Mitch, Nellie’s half-brother, who died on an unknown date
  • Mamie, Nellie’s half-sister, born February 7, 1953, and died in June, 1953
  • Peggy, Nellie’s half-sister, who was born and died in 1954
  • Rollie, Nellie’s half-sibling (sex unknown), who was born and died in 1955
  • Nellie’s unnamed half-sister, born March 21, 1956, and died (date unknown)
  • Perky, Nellie’s full-sister, who was born when Nellie was three, on May 15, 1956, and died on an undisclosed/unknown date
  • Algae, Nellie’s older half-sister, who was born May 8, 1949, and died when Nellie was three, on April 5, 1957

Deaths of children:

  • June, Nellie’s daughter, who was born and died in June of 1968.
  • Nellie’s unnamed 10-day-old daughter, who was born November 24, 1989, and died on December 4, 1989
  • June III, Nellie’s daughter, who was born June 28, 1978, and died on March 2, 1994
  • Nellie’s unnamed 10-day old daughter, who was born August 16, 1992, and died on August 26, 1992

Nellie has seen scores of other dolphins die at Marineland, so one could appreciate why Nellie and I and many in the “marine mammal community” agree with another of Marineland’s spokesmen, when he states in his celebratory remarks, that “Being sixty years old at a marine park such as Marineland is just, just amazing.”

It is not a happy task to remind us all that Nellie has weathered a lifetime of birth and death in a  concrete tank, but remains a resolute survivor on this, her 60th birthday.

So, hats off to you, Nellie.  You are neither a milestone nor a feather in anyone’s cap, or birthday hat, save your own.

Nellie on her 58th birthday

Nellie turns 60 today and is the oldest living dolphin in captivity. Photo Credit: Marineland Dolphin Conservatory

Just say no to the dolphin show, and spare other dolphins, like Nellie or Kirara, from being considered a U.S. aquarium’s milestone.

As always, much gratitude to Ceta-base for compiling a database on the world’s marine mammals in captivity.

Noise is not a barrier. Swim through

I keep this thought in my head, and generally somewhere on Facebook, and try to share it whenever the Fishermen’s Union in Taiji, Japan, is out hunting dolphins.

A dolphin pod swimming without barriers

A dolphin pod swimming without barriers. Photo Credit Rhombus

At the point that I think the FU “fishermen” may have located dolphins and are plunging their long metal poles into the water, to bang on them, to create the illusion of a “wall” of sound, I step up the focus on my thinking.  You see, the dolphins use sound to locate stuff: family, prey, tools in some cases, and barriers.  In their reality, they “know” that sound that is coming at them like this loud banging is a barrier.

But we know that it is not.  The fishermen are only making noise.  On poles. In the water.

Know this for its truth, for as you consciously recall and know that it is true, that thought is not restricted inside your head:

There is only freedom and a few men in loud boats. Noise is not a barrier.

Swim through. Swim through.

Smile, celebrating, as the dolphins learn something new.

Never Give Up Atlanta, Georgia 111412 Photo Martha Brock

In the words of Save Misty the Dolphin, Never be silent ~ Never Give Up!  There is only freedom and a few men in loud boats.  Noise is not a barrier.  Swim through.  Swim through.  Photo Credit: Martha Brock

 

Why is it hard to stop the dolphin capture? Half a $million $reasons.

On October 9, 2012, the weather kept the boats in port in Taiji, Japan.  Many folks watching the news coming from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) Cove Guardians had gone on about their business, as the real business of Taiji transpired.  This morning, as life went on for many, over half a $million $reasons why the dolphin trade won’t stop were loaded into cargo crates, bound for destinations as yet unknown, on transport as yet unidentified.

Six dolphins, each worth, on average, over $100,000 to the Fisherman’s Union, were sold and bought, having been snatched from the ocean, where only weeks ago, they lived the life that nature gave them.  The life that mankind has now taken away.  For money.

The story unfolds for the six via a series of “tweets” from SSCS, the first, a foretelling of what was to come.

Taiji: Rain and wind have kept all killing boats in port today. However, large transfer truck at FU to transfer dolphins.

And the next with accompanying photo revealed that today was a fateful one for the six unfortunate dolphins:

Taiji: at least six dolphin transport crates are lined up at Fishermans Union. Police stand guard

SSCS Photo 1

Three of the six dolphin transfer crates are visible beyond the police standing guard at the Taiji Fisherman’s Union. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The next messages that were sent by the Cove Guardians told of first, one, then another, dolphin being loaded into crates heading for parts unknown, but certain of a life in captivity if they survived the transport.

Taiji:! First dolphin is in truck now. Second being lifted by crane 4 more waiting to be transferred

One dolphin already loaded, the second is hoisted in its sling in preparation to be placed in a transport crate before being loaded for parts unknown. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Taiji: First captive dolphin taken from harbor pens via sling

Taiji:! First dolphin is in truck now. Second being lifted by crane 4 more waiting to be transferred

What was also disturbing as the events progressed was how unremarkable it seemed.  Minutes ticked by and more dolphins lost their lives to a future controlled by a money machine.

Taiji: Third captive dolphin being place in air cargo crate.

Taiji: Dolphin killers on skiffs and using forklifts for transfer.

Taiji: transfer 6 on skiff now. Crane is in place lifting 5th Bottlenose dolphin.

Taiji: transfer 6 on skiff now. Crane is in place lifting 5th Bottlenose dolphin.

As the fifth dolphin is hoisted toward its stowage in a cargo box, the workers transport the sixth dolphin in a skiff just off camera. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

The way these events transpired with a mechanical and well-rehearsed precision masked the deep and palpable grief that they forevermore created.  For the many of you who did not witness this, it may seem like a minor “incident”.   But rest assured, that to the degree we do not stop the captivity industry, with its mindset that dolphins are “cargo”  not to be appreciated, with their own rights and intrinsic value, then we are all, my friends, buying half a $million $reasons for grief.  A grief that will last for us all until they are all free.

Taiji: A total of six Bottlenose dolphins are loaded into airplane cargo containers in transport trucks.

Six bottlenose dolphins no longer belong to themselves or to the world in which they were born. They now belong to an artifice – an artificial world with artificial people and artificial water – that regards them as a thing, not a being. Photo credit: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

My heartfelt appreciation to Sammarye Lewis for the theme of this piece, to Sandy Young for its heart, and to the Cove Guardians for bearing witness with their lives.

What the Aquariums taught you while you weren’t looking

With the awesome release of Misha and Tom to the wild, due to the most absolutely awesome work by the Born Free Foundation [jumping up and down and laughing and crying and screaming and clapping. . .], I found myself reflecting on how it could possibly be that everyone wouldn’t celebrate their release and the news of Tom’s and Misha’s having outdistanced the tracking boats

– CAN YOU FREAKING IMAGINE THAT???? –

– OUT-DISTANCED THE FREAKING TRACKING BOATS!!!! –

within a very short time, as they literally sped toward their home waters [freaking painful facial smile muscles], with the jumping and clapping, if not the squealing and face-cramping.

Seriously, or not seriously.  Picture this.  These two free dolphins, having been held in captivity for years, are now swimming their asses off, on their own volition, to get home.  No one is pulling them.  No one is prodding them with dead fish.  No one told them where to go and gave them a map.  No one could tell them where to go.  We don’t know how to do that.  They knew and they freaking went!!!

So in this celebratory time, I was remembering a post I wrote a few months ago about the fact that aquariums, like the Georgia Aquarium, teach your kids that humans “owning” dolphins is okay.

Yep, they literally teach your kids – and you and us all – that wanting to own a dolphin is okay.

I’m gonna repeat a little.  Again, consider ownership of dolphins in the context of the release of Misha and Tom.  How did it happen that we thought it was okay that these two dolphins who are now swimming madly for home should be held in captivity?  How did the concept that it was okay to own them come to us?

Well, I say, we were taught.  Not by our parents.  Not by our schools.

You and I weren’t born “knowing” that it was okay to own a dolphin.  None of us were.  None of us thought much about dolphins at all, until we gained access to nature via a pair of nature-show-freak parents, or cool nature-book-reading parents, or unless we grew up with access to a shoreline and parents who would take us where dolphins can be seen.

Those shows, books and shorelines surely didn’t teach us that dolphin captivity was okay.  Or ownership of them.  We were not taught about dolphin captivity and ownership other than by the very institutions that stand to benefit financially if we believe that story.  We were taught by The Georgia Aquariums of this world.  The SeaWorlds.  And more recently, Mattel and Playmobil – no strangers to forming young minds – joined the cartel.  We were taught, in kindler and gentler terms, that ripping an animal out of its natural habitat just because you want to is okay.  Okay.  Okay to own another intelligent, independent being.  To assume full control and domination over their very survival.  And we didn’t even notice that they were teaching us that.

They have distorted what you and I collectively consider acceptable treatment of wild marine creatures.

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, manipulating your views about dolphin captivity

And we didn’t even notice.  We didn’t notice that we were learning this warped keeping-of-dolphins-in-small-concrete-tanks-is-acceptable lesson.  The lesson that obscured that it is an abhorrent manipulation of both nature and how we perceive nature.  Geez.  That was pretty slick.

So, let’s just track back through this:  those folks managed to rip dolphins out of their native habitat and have taught us to think that it is FOR ONE SECOND okay.  And they managed to get you to pay to see these beings who were ripped from their natural home and their natural community and family structures.

Without your catching on.  Wow.  Pretttttty slick.

Well, now you’ve thought.  You’ve caught the distorters in the act.

You have seen Misha and Tom, swimming free, racing home, without our “help”.  Look at the picture of Tom catching a fish in the wild for the first time in years [more squeals and shrieks], as noted in the article.  Know that all dolphins deserve to have freedom restored to them, like Tom and Misha.  All of them deserve to go home.

Clap and pledge never to go to the dolphin show.  And never again think that healthy dolphins can’t be rehabilitated for their very own trip home.

Cheers to the Born Free Foundation, Jeff Foster (who “trained” Tom and Misha to catch their own food again) and everyone involved in the effort.

 

Shaka: Wild-caught and housed at the Georgia Aquarium

Shaka Georgia Aquarium phinventory

Shaka, wild-caught, approximately 27 years old

Shaka was wild-caught.

On May 27, 1988, she ceased living with her pod, and became M88-F1, aka NOA0003745, and the hope of a captive dolphin breeding program for Dolphin Quest and other dolphin display, show and encounter organizations, like the Georgia Aquarium, where she is housed today.

She arrived at either Dolphin Quest Bermuda or Dolphin Quest Hawaii on August 20, 1988.  Where was she for those 86 days?  The lack of clarity arises in the inadequacy of record-keeping, and I’m not certain how one really discovers the facts of dolphin capture, breeding and transport.  Ceta-base is fundamental to research about dolphin birth, transport and death.

Estimated to have been born in 1985, Shaka has been used to breed dolphins for the captive industry.

At least two of her offspring are now living in captivity.

If the records are accurate, it appears that Lokahi and Kolohe are twins, born four days apart.  It is possible that Shaka’s keepers did not realize that she was still carrying Kolohe.  And it is not impossible that the twin birthing process can proceed over this period of time.  Twinning is dolphins is rare, no greater than 1% of pregnancies.  It is a testament to Shaka’s strength that both boys lived, if indeed, the records attributing both boys to Shaka and their dates of birth are accurate.

After the births of Kolohe and Lokahi, Shaka is reported to have lost at least two calves in this effort to breed and supply more captive dolphins:

  • a female stillborn calf was born on September 26, 1996, sired by Hobi, and
  • a female calf, also sired by Hobi, born on November 3, 1997, who lived 16 days, and died on November 19, 1997.

No records indicate that Shaka subsequently became pregnant or gave birth to more dolphins.   Dolphins generally breed only once every five years, because in the wild, the calves nurse from three to 10 years and stay with their mother continuing to learn how to be a dolphin.

So Shaka was busy.  Too busy, I’d say.  Let’s see.  In the wild, they generally give birth only once every five years.  Shaka gave birth to four calves in three years.

Let’s see:

  • July 8, 1994 – Lokahi
  • July 12, 1994 – Kolohe
  • September 26, 1996 – stillborn female calf
  • November 3, 1997 – female calf, died November 19, 1997

Does that sound like care was taken of Shaka to ensure that her health and vitality were safeguarded?

Nah.  It doesn’t to me either.

So now, she is held at the Georgia Aquarium, where she gets to do stuff like get filmed by CNN picking the Superbowl winner.

And remember, it is the dolphin show that REQUIRES that dolphins like Shaka keep churning out babies.

Ready to take that pledge not to go to a dolphin show?

For more information about the 11 dolphins housed at the Georgia Aquarium, and future educational events, “like” the Facebook page of Free the Atlanta 11.

Thanks to Ceta-base and Alltomdelfiner.se and the other linked sites for the information in this story.

Taiji Cove eyes creating a new tradition

Mark the date that this tradition started in Taiji.  Or at least the date that we all became aware of the plan by a very few Taijians to embark on a new form of dolphin treachery.

April 30, 2012.

Jiyu a dolphin who couldn't withstand captivity Taiji Cove

Jiyu a dolphin who couldn't withstand captivity, photo by Heather Hill of Save Japan Dolphins

The date that most of us learned that The Taiji Cove may become a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, instead of just a kill-the dolphins experience, or a capture-the-dolphins-for-the-dolphin-show experience, or a display-the-dolphins experience, or a capture-and-then-fail-to-make-a-dolphin-survive-captivity experience, or an eat-the-dolphins experience.

Seems that the only way these people do not want to experience the dolphins is free.  Living on their own terms, in their own environment.

That’s just sad.  Nope.  Incorrect.  It’s also despicable.

By the way, the hundreds-years-old “tradition”, the one of the Japanese dolphin drive-hunt, appears to have begun in approximately 1980.  Just sayin’.

Here are the various news outlets and bloggers that have reported it thus far:

Marine safari?  Give these people a clue.

 

Don’t Go to the Dolphin Show – Ric O’Barry Interview

Ric O'Barry after release of The Cove

Ric O'Barry after release of The Cove, photo from The Examiner

Ric O’Barry, from Save Japan Dolphins, articulates

  • why going to the dolphin show is what keeps the dolphin hunting and capturing money machine going
  • why dolphins bred in captivity is not an acceptable alternative

So, whether your local or not-so-local dolphin show or display is at the Georgia Aquarium, Sea World, Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, the National Aquarium, the Shedd Aquarium – don’t go.

Georgia Aquarium General Admission ticket price includes dolphin show:  Now that the Georgia Aquarium has included the price of the dolphin show in the General Admission price (but only a third or less of the participants will actually be able to make it into that horrid theater), everyone who goes to the Georgia Aquarium pays directly for dolphin captivity.  No longer can one rather craftily make the argument that they are going to see the jellies, but that they do not support dolphin captivity.  Nope.  Not any more.  The Georgia Aquarium is making you pay for that.  More on that later.

But now to Mr. O’Barry, who has worked for dolphin freedom for over 40 years, interviewed on February 16, 2012, by Veenarat Laohapakakul, for the show Viewpoint on ASEAN TV:


He also provides a pathway to dolphin freedom:

  • Stop the captures;
  • Rehabilitate and release the dolphins (who can be) already in captivity;
  • Use birth control for those dolphins already in captivity.

Freedom is not just another word for nothing left to lose.  Maybe it is for humans, who with those amazing thumbs can give up on their own lives.  But we have no right to project our own failings on the rest of the animal kingdom.

Just say NO! to the dolphin show.

For more information and how you can help:

Do you support dolphin capture? Not if you say No! to the Dolphin Show

Shaka Georgia Aquarium phinventory Ceta-base

Shaka, the Georgia Aquarium's wild-caught dolphin, photo from Ceta-base

How is going to a dolphin show or swim-with program directly linked to the capturing of dolphins?  And why should you pledge to not go to a dolphin show?  Because the dolphin shows create the market for dolphin capture, which, in turn, makes dolphin hunting and slaughter financially feasible enterprises.

Here’s how the captivity chain links up, from freedom all the way to enslavement and back again to freedom:

Link 1At the risk of being too obvious, I’m starting there anyway.  Without dolphins in captivity, the aquariums cannot put on their extravaganzas, their shows or maintain their displays.  So before the dolphin show (yes, there was a time in the 1950s before this jumping dolphin phenom took a strangle-hold over dolphin freedom), there was no impetus to capture them.  Dolphin freedom exists at this end of the chain, where there are no dolphin shows.

Some aquariums already have a few dolphins.  But captive breeding isn’t terribly dependable for producing a live dolphin.  The photo above was of Shaka, wild-caught, now living at the Georgia Aquarium.  Only one of Shaka’s three captive-born calves survived past two weeks; one was stillborn in September 1996, and the other died on her 16th day in November 1997.  Generally, dolphins in the wild give birth only every 2 to 4 years.  The third, Kolohe, will turn 18 on July 12, 2012.  In Hawaii.  Away from Shaka.  Without the need for captive dolphins, dolphins like Shaka would not have been captured.  In 1988.

Link 2Without the dolphin show, yea, that show in a city near you, there would be no need to keep dolphins, like Shaka, or the other ten dolphins at the Georgia Aquarium, in captivity.  And don’t believe the nonsense that captive dolphins are necessary for research.  We really don’t need to study them in captivity to understand how we might support their thriving in their natural, wild ecosystem.  Think about that one; it may catch you on the way home.  Certain marine biologists refuse to study them in captivity.

Without the dolphin show, the show in the city nearest you, no dolphins would be captured anywhere in the world, under any means of dolphin hunting. This includes the dolphin drive hunt in Taiji, Japan.

Without the dolphin show, the show in the city nearest you, dolphins would not be injured or killed by the thousands each year in the process of capturing a few for that show, because generally speaking, the huge profits of selling dolphins to aquariums bankroll the slaughter operation as well.

Link 3:  Without the dolphin show, righto, that one near you, dolphin freedom happens.  I don’t mean to suggest that releasing the captives can happen overnight; I’ve written before about Ric O’Barry’s idea of making the show about rehabilitating the current captive and any future stranded dolphins for life in the wide open blue.  But it can happen if we have the will to do right by the dolphins.

Do you get it?  The dolphin show, yes, the one in the city nearest you, causes – yes, causes – dolphin capture, injury and slaughter.

And every new show can cause that much more capture, injury and slaughter.

But the great news: Two links (Links 1 and 3) have free dolphins, and only one link (Link 2) has captivity.  We have more links for  freedom than against, so it won’t be hard, if we stand together!  When we stop attending the dolphin show (Link 2), we have free dolphins again, as we did before this strange 1950s phenomenon took a strangle-hold over the lives of dolphins.

And if you don’t go to the dolphin show?  Well, I think you get it.

Jacques Cousteau No Aquarium no dolphin in tank can be considered normal

Hold this sign so people know that Jacques Cousteau did not support captivity, from www.marinecaptivityfacts.tumblr.com

What you can doOn Saturday, April 14 from 10a.m to 1p.m., come to the entrance of The Georgia Aquarium to learn about these links and to teach others about them and about the life that a dolphin lives in captivity versus the one it lives in the wild.

Hold a sign that repeats these words of Jacques Cousteau.  Hold a sign with Shaka’s picture.  Or Neile’s.  Or Phebe’s.  Or Pukanala’s.  Or Kei’s.  Or Makana’s.  Or Briland’s.  Or Lily’s.  Or Luna’s.  Or Bermudiana’s.  We don’t have a picture of Salvador.  But we won’t forget him.

Saturday, April 14, 2012; 10am – 2pm  The Georgia Aquarium, entrance on Baker Street

If you are on Facebook, click on the event page and tell us that you’re coming.  And like “Free the Atlanta 11” instead of watching dolphins perform tricks with Star Spinner, who thinks that the dolphins have taken the sea monsters to the bottom of the ocean.

If you aren’t in or near Atlanta, but on Facebook, please click the worldwide “Just Say NO! to the Dolphin Page” created by Save Misty the Dolphin to show that you “get it” and to show your support.

For a more information, see:

  • Save Japan Dolphins, Ric O’Barry and the Cove Monitors
  • Blue Voice, Hardy Jones,
  • Sea Shepherd and its Cove Guardians
  • Save Misty the Dolphin
  • If you have a website or blog on this issue, please leave a comment with your web address, and I will add you to a list of resources on creating dolphin freedom a reality for all dolphins everywhere
    Dolphin captivity chain link

    Dolphin freedom in the first and last links. Dolphin captivity only in the middle one. We can break this chain and re-establish dolphin freedom!

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