Cruelty of captivity industry exposed
 

 

VANCOUVER AQUARIUM BUYS DOLPHINS FROM JAPAN, DESPITE PROTESTS FROM CONSERVATION GROUPS AND WARNINGS FROM THE WORLD ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS

Click here for the protest letter regarding dolphins brought from Japan to the Vancouver Aquarium from Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Click here for the power point presentation on the Vancouver Aquarium purchasing dolphins from Japan from Riley Goldstone of the Environmental Law Centre.

Click here for a letter from the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums warning member not to buy from the Japanese dolphin drive.
 

Click here for a report on the bloody Japanese dolphin drive by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society of the UK.
 
 

HSUS ANTI-CAPTIVITY REPORT

The Humane Society of the United States has published a revised copy of the report "The Case Against Marine Mammals in Captivity", which offers numerous case studies and a broad range of published, and peer-reviewed references to support its arguments, and they are challenging the aquarium industry to provide the same.

Highlights from the report include:
 

  • The primary justification for the public display of marine mammals is the educational benefit of these exhibits. However, marine theme parks and aquaria have never performed an objective evaluation of the effectiveness of their education programs.
     

  • Fewer than 5 percent to 10 percent of zoos and aquaria are involved in substantial conservation programs. The amount spent on these programs is a mere fraction of the income generated by the facilities. Simply exhibiting wildlife is not considered conservation.
     

  • Dolphinaria and aquaria often present their marine mammal breeding programs as conservation projects, but few endangered or threatened species are being bred in captivity and no reintroduction-to-the-wild research is being conducted by the facilities, at least for whales and dolphins.
     

  • Whales and dolphins are still captured for display routinely around the globe, particularly in the Caribbean, Asia, Russia, and the south Pacific. Most of these captures are inhumane and result in numerous deaths.
     

  • The intent-and hope-of The Humane Society of the United States and the World Society for the Protection of Animals is that this report stimulates a complete and balanced dialogue amongst stakeholders - the industry, the public, and the research community," said Susan Sherwin, campaigns manager for the World Society for the Protection of Animals. "It's time to take a good, hard, honest look at the captive display industry and see it for what it truly is rather than what we want it to be. Let's start looking at this from the marine mammals' point of view instead of our own."
     


Over 26 whales and dolphins have died under the "care" of the Aquarium, including 6 baby whales and dolphins. How many more whales need to suffer and die before you do something about it?

 

LIST OF WHALE AND DOLPHIN TANKS CLOSED AROUND THE WORLD
DUE TO PUBLIC OPINION
 

Country / State

Town

Facility

Comments  / Date Closed (if known)

Argentina

Buenos Aires

Municipal Swimming Pool – Dolphin Swim Programme

Closed

Australia

Adelaide

Marineland

Closed

Australia

Waragamba

Waragamba Dam Dolphinarium

Closed

Bahamas

Bimini

Lerner Marine Lab

Closed

Belgium

Antwerp

Antwerp Zoo Dolphinarium

Closed

Brazil

Santos

Santos Amusement Park

Closed

Canada - Quebec

Granby

Granby Zoo

Never opened proposed dolphinarium

Canada - Quebec

Montreal

Montreal Biodome

Plans to capture beluga whales abandoned

Canada – British Columbia

Victoria

Sealand Dolphinarium

Closed after orcas drowned trainer 1993

Canada – British Columbia

Vancouver

Vancouver Aquarium

Orca whale tank closed, last orca sold 2001

Canada – Ontario

Maple

Wonderland

Closed

Colombia

San Andres

Seaquarium

Closed

France

Paris

Moulin Rouge Nightclub Dolphin Show

Closed

Germany

Hamburg

Hagenbeck Zoo Dolphinarium

Closed

Germany

Rust

Europapark Rust

Closed

Germany

Hamburg

Hansaland Dolphinarium

Closed

Germany

Hossloch

Holiday Park Dolphinarium

Closed

Germany

Bruhl

Phantasialand Dolphinarium

Closed

Guatemala

Guatemala City

Dolphin Swim Programme

Closed

Haiti

Les Arcadins Islands

Dolphin Swim Park

Closed

Israel

Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Dolphinarium

Closed

Israel

Tel Aviv

Luna Park Dolphinarium

Closed

Mexico

Acapulco

Paradise

Closed

Mexico

Morelos

Centro Vacacional Oaxtepec

Never Opened

Nicaragua

Managua

Dolphin Swim Programme

Never Opened

Switzerland

Rapperswil

Kinder Zoo Dolphinarium

Closed

United Kingdom – England

Malton

Flamingoland (Dolphin Show)

Closed 1993

United Kingdom – England

Brighton

Brighton Dolphinarium

Closed 1991

United Kingdom – England

Morecambe

Morecambe Dolphinarium

Closed 1990

United Kingdom – England

Windsor

Windsor Safari Park

Closed 1992

USA

Various

Paramount Parks (4 in total)

Closed

USA -  Florida

Key Largo

Ocean Reef Club Dolphinarium

Closed

USA – California

Los Angeles

Knotts Berry Farm Dolphinarium

Closed

USA – California

Los Angeles

Six Flags Magic Mountain

Closed

USA – Colorado

Denver

Colorado Ocean Journey

Never Opened

USA – Florida

Fort Lauderdale

Ocean World

Closed

USA – Florida

Key West

US Navy Dolphin Facility

Closed

USA – Florida

Ft Lauderdale

Ocean World

Closed

USA – Hawai’i

Maui

Proposed Dolphinarium

Never Opened

USA – Missouri

Kansas City

Worlds of Fun Dolphinarium

Closed

USA – Missouri

Eureka

Six Flags Mid-America

Closed

USA – New Jersey

Jackson

Six Flags Great Adventure

Closed

USA – Ohio

Aurora

Six Flags Dolphiarium

Closed

USA – Ohio

Sandusky

Cedar Fair

Closed

USA – Ohio

Kings Island

Kings Island

Closed

USA - Oklahoma

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Zoo

Closed

USA – South Carolina

Myrtle Beach

Ocean Expo Dolphinarium

Never Opened

USA – South Dakota

Sioux Falls

Marine Life Dolphnarium

Closed

USA – Texas

Galveston

Seaorama

Closed

USA – Texas

Arlington

Six Flags Over Texas

Closed

USA – Texas

Houston

Astro-World of Houston

Closed

USA – Virginia

Virginia Beach

Virginia Marine Science Center

Never Opened

West Indies

Antigua

Dolphin Discovery

Closed

 

 

 


Will you help the whales today?
YES

 

 

© Coalition For No Whales In Captivity 2006

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