Loving Dolphins to Death
It is a tricky word “love”. If you go into any place with captive dolphin, you will be told, “We love the dolphins, they are our family.” Then question is, what love means to them? Love is not a one-way relationship. Surely, we all love dolphins, and the captivity industry has capitalized on this to make huge profits at the expense of the animals misery.
Swimming With Dolphins
The film explains that swimming with dolphins in captivity is not safe for the dolphins as well as for the participant. It helps people to understand the reality behind their dreams to swim with a dolphin, the cost to the animal, and potentially the cost to themselves. The documentary has been made on the basis of the research of publications available to the public on diseases of marine mammals and disease transmission cases to people and vice versa.
Killer Whale Captures in Russia
The documentary uncovers the shocking situation with cetaceans, especially killer whales, in Russia: the lack of animal protection laws, forgery of documents, corruption, and the lack of statistics. In Russia, killer whales are still considered as aquatic biological resources and, as such, humanly treatment is not considered for them. Orcas are being captured under the approved quotas and are permitted “for educational and cultural purposes.” Most of most of them, however, are intended for sale to China. Considering the market value of a killer whale at 1-2 million US dollars, the Marine Mammal Council of Russia suggests that transacting cetaceans is impossible without corruption rings involving the Khabarovsk Territory and Moscow.
The documentary tells the story of the three killer whales: Narnia, Nord and Malyshka. They have been captured by Sochinsky Delfinary LLC in the Sea of Okhotsk of the Russian Far East and then kept in the small sea pens in the Pacific Research Fisheries Centre near the city of Nakhodka. From there Narnia and Nord have been taken for a year to the temporary tank at the All-Russian Exhibition Centre (VDNKh) in Moscow. Then, together with a newcomer, Malyshka, these acoustically sensitive animals have been moved to the new Oceanarium at VDNKh, which still has been under construction at the time. The opening of the Mosaquarium (new name of Oceanarium) has been delayed several times before becoming operational in August 2015.
U.S. Laws on Captive Orcas
The primary laws governing the facilities housing killer whales in the US are the Animal Welfare Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Animal Welfare Act established the standards and specifications that a facility must meet in order to house an orca whale in captivity. The Marine Mammal Protection Act is aimed at protecting the whales from being unlawfully captured from the wild, requires a permit for capturing such as scientific research, public display, or for enhancing the survival or recovery of specific stocks.
This is the True Story of SeaWorld
Marine biologist Dr. Naomi Rose of the Animal Welfare Institute highlights how SeaWorld meets requirements of Marine Mammal Protection Act on the need to offer an education or conservation program to have marine mammals on public display. The SeaWorld is exploiting the educational and scientific purposes for captive animals. The world expert in cetaceans, Dr. Rose sheds, light on the SeaWorld-type education and the SeaWorld-type science.
To End the Grindadráp
Faroe Islanders are passionately adherent to their centuries-old tradition of grindadráp – a mass slaughter of highly intelligent, feeling, thinking, and self-aware socially complex beautiful pilot whales. Faroese are proud of killing another living creature just for the sake of killing, not for subsistence. Faroese children grow up watching these slaughters, watching the ocean turns red from blood, watching gutted dolphins, watching fetuses torn from bellies of their mothers. It is scientifically proven that there is a direct association between the ability to harm animals and to harm humans. Serial killers and hunters have the same sociopathic behavior. The silence is the main destructive force in the history of mankind. If we are silent, such horrible things will go on and on.
The Miracle March for Lolita
Around 1600 of animal rights activists and supporters took to the streets on January 17, 2015 calling for the release of a killer whale Lolita from the Miami Seaquarium, where she has been held captive for 44 years. Orcas are highly intelligent and, social animals that normally spend their entire lives traveling with their families. Lolita (first called Tokitae) was taken from her family during a violent roundup off the coast of Washington state in 1970 and hasn’t seen another animal of her species since 1980. Her tank is the smallest whale tank in North America and violates Animal Welfare Act standards, yet it has not been upgraded. There is no cover or shade over her tank so she is exposed to the intense Florida sun and extreme weather every single day. She has been forced to perform tricks for human amusement twice daily for the last 45 years.
Should We Continue the Slavery?
People love dolphins, but they often fail in empathy and imagination. They do not realize that dolphins are brought into a cement tank from their natural environment, kidnapped from their families, held in nets, carried in trucks, hoisted into planes and flown to distant locations. Many die in the process. Those that survive are condemned to the life-long imprisonment in water tank, filled with their excrement and chemicals to reduce harm from their feces and to make water crystal clear and blue. They circle and circle in their prison, small and shallow tanks, whereas in the wild dolphins cover distances up to 100 miles a day and usually dive to the depth of 300 feet. Captive marine mammals are forced to perform tricks for the public amusement and to generate profit for their slave-masters.
Against the Taiji Dolphin Slaughter
Activists held regular Peaceful Protest in the front of the Japanese Consulate in Miami to raise awareness of the dolphin drive hunting, which occurs every year in Japan from September to April. Every year many hundreds of dolphins are massacred in Taiji, Japan. The pretty or cute ones amongst them being selected and sold into the captivity industry around the world, the rest of dolphins are slaughtered for meat, pet food, and fertilizers. Buying dolphins from Japan as well as buying a ticket to the show fuels the demand for more dolphins to be captured.
What Kills Killer Whale?
It is impossible to build a society of happy people, – where cruelty and inhumanity is exercised to other living beings. It is a well-established fact that capturing cetaceans of all species from their natural habitats in the wild for a life in captivity is extremely detrimental to both the captured animals as well as to their remaining family members. They are highly intelligent, socially complex, sentient beings with a scientifically proven range of emotions far beyond that of any human. They live in tight family circle for their entire lives: babies, juveniles, mature adults and elderly, all together. They hunt, feed, raise and teach their young, care for their matriarch and converse in their own dialect. It is as disgraceful for us to steal them from their ocean families and exploit them, as to watch impartially our own children being kidnapped and sold into a life of slavery. What kills killer whales and other animals as well? Our indifference.