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Dolphin Captivity is Wrong

Dolphin Captivity is Wrong

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Dolphins are meant to be free in the wild, not stuck in a box performing for our amusement.
Dolphins are meant to be free in the wild, not stuck in a box performing for our amusement.

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Published by: Zach on Jul 07, 2011
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Zach Affolter 2/10/11
Dolphin Captivity is Wrong
Imagine yourself as a bottlenose dolphin. You are enjoying a beautiful day in the ocean,playing with your family. Just when you think it could not get any better, you hear a boat coming.After chasing you for almost an hour, the humans throw a net on you. As you see your familydrifting away, your mom lets out a mournful cry. The people then put you in a concrete tank andforce you to perform pointless tricks for food. You are impressed (forced to serve against your will) for the rest of your life, just for a few peaces of green paper. Dolphins nowadays are bornand bred in captivity, but many are still taken out of the wild today. Those dolphins born incaptivity never get to taste their true home or truly know what it is like being a dolphin. Thesaddest part is that because we want to see captive dolphins, we sentence thousands of innocent lives to die an excruciating death each year. Dolphin captivity is wrong for manyreasons; it promotes dolphin slaughter and is unethical.Captivity supports dolphin slaughter both indirectly and directly. In order to sustain thecaptive population, massive hunts are conducted each year in various places around the world,but the most infamous is Taiji. Due to these hunts for captive dolphins, we have become evenmore insatiable of money production, and slaughter the dolphins that were not chosen. Thisends up to be a dolphin Holocaust, murdering approximately 23,000 dolphins per year.
dolphinariums indirectly support dolphin slaughter by keeping the demand for captive dolphinsalive. Sea World Orlando and San Diego have purchased dolphins (Pilot Whales are dolphins)from Taiji last year, “Notice is hereby given that Sea World, Inc., 9205 South Park Circle, Suite400, Orlando, FL 32819, has applied in due form for a permit to import one pilot whale(Globicephala macrorhynchus).
The applicant requests authorization to import one male nonreleasable stranded pilot whale from Kamogawa SeaWorld 1404-18 Higashi-cho, Kamogawa,Chiba, Japan to Sea World of California.” 
(Federal Registry-January 4th, 2010) These PilotWhales were captured in Taiji (according to Capt. Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd), andwere imprisoned in SeaWorld, Chiba, Japan. This makes every person who purchases a ticketto Sea World complicit in the horrifically cruel slaughter of pilot whales and other dolphins.These dolphins, so cute and so intelligent that spectators applaud and cheer as they performtricks at marine aquariums around the world, are literally dying a slow death of agony for theamusement of a jaded public that simply does not care what the price of their entertainmentcosts in suffering and death. Every time a dolphin jumps through a hoop at Sea World or anyother facility that enslaves dolphins, there is a history of horror that brought that dolphin toperform for their amusement. Not much different really than the animals that died in thecoliseum for the amusement of Romans two thousand years ago. In addition, “trainers from allover the world come to Taiji to select young, unblemished dolphins” (Zach Affolter’s Blog-HowCaptivity Relates to Dolphin Slaughter). Dolphins have been imprisoned while watching their family members slowly dying an excruciating death. Can anyone possibly imagine watchingtheir family being stabbed with a spear, screaming in agony? Dolphins are aware of what goeson around them. They know that their family is being slaughtered and imprisoned for a quickbuck. It’s the equivalent of 
. We may as well dice up ourselves and sell our meat on themarket, since dolphins are as intelligent, if not smarter, than us. Dolphins are just dying to
amuse us, because of our greed, ignorance, and the desire to watch them jump throughflaming hoops.Holding dolphins in captivity is unethical. In captivity, the dolphins imprisoned suffer fromboredom, inadequate exercise, insufficient food variety, and bad food, especially when thefacilities are poor. For example, “Lolita, who was captured on August 8th, 1970, is imprisoned inthe Miami Seaquarium. She is a 21 foot Orca, yet the tank is merely one-and-a-half-times her size, has garnered numerous safety violations, and does not meet US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Regulations. Now ayoung adult at about 43 years old, Lolita has been a “captive” entertainer for 40 years. OnlyCorky at Sea World in San Diego, captured in 1969, has been in captivity longer.” (The OrcaNetwork) This is highly unacceptable. Orcas, like other dolphins, are extremely social animals.Lolita hasn’t seen another Orca since 1980, since one of her family members who was with her killed himself by banging his head on the gate. In addition, dolphins are, if not smarter, asintelligent as us, “Dolphins have passed the Gallup test, named after Professor Gallop, showingself-awareness and self-recognition. They have been seen looking at themselves on TV andhave been able to repeat previous behaviors. Furthermore, dolphins have developed names,through unique whistles for each dolphin. Dolphins have larger brains for millions of yearslonger than man. We may not be the most intelligent after all.” (Lemieux-289) According to thisinformation, we may as well keep forcing our species to do these tasks for us. We did before,and you’ve heard the story. Many African Americans were separated from their families, babieswere left behind with no mother. They then lived at sea in inadequate ship conditions for yearson the way back to the U.S. They were then forced to work the whole day, with no care from theowners. Sound familiar? This is exactly what is happening to dolphins right now. Are we thatselfish? Do we have to ruin other’s families and force them to work for us every day? Apparentlyso. In fact, we can’t get enough of it, as humans and dolphins aren’t the only ones, but thewhole animal kingdom has been enslaved by man. We are interfering with beings smarter thanus. We can’t go about saying that dolphins do or don’t belong in captivity. The best solution is tonot even take them out of the wild in the first place. By enslaving dolphins, we are enslavinganimals that understand what is happening and what will happen, and by doing so, we arebreaking apart family bonds that are stronger than ours.One may argue that dolphins in captivity provide an educational experience; however,when kids go to dolphinariums, they get a man-made, counterfeit impression of dolphins. Thereality is man can never make a complete facsimile of what dolphins are capable of in the wild.In addition, they pick up the false image that it’s acceptable to take dolphins away from their homeland and have them perform for human entertainment. They postulate that they’re learningfrom the real deal, how dolphins really are. Furthermore, “Most dolphinariums have made littleor no contribution to education about dolphins. Jacques Cousteau believed that captive dolphinsare conditioned and deformed and bear little resemblance to dolphins living in freedom in thesea. It's like studying human psychology only in prisons, which leads, obviously, tomisinterpretations and absurd generalizations. As people learn more about the wild cetaceans,they pity more the captive ones. As TV, computers, and virtual reality become greater educational tools, the justification for keeping captives on display disappears.” (Facts about
Dolphin Captivity Website) One big misconception about dolphins is that they are always happyand gentle, however, that is not always true. Dolphins have mixed emotions, similar to those of you and I. They can be angry, sad, happy, any emotion really. In the wild, they play, fight, andhunt. When placed in prisons that are in the ocean, but closed off from complete escape,dolphins continue these behaviors. For example, a pod of four dolphins was captured andplaced into an enclosed environment, and they started fighting over mates, “Unior was too swift.The two males tore around the lake, their ferocious battle broken by leaps and explosions of white froth, while harsh, dissonant buzzing and shrill whistles rang through the water. Unior wasmerciless. I watched as Juan and Unior twisted and tore at each other, lunging and pivotingpowerfully. Fighting to exhaustion, there were short periods of armistice while Unior recoveredhis strength. Juan, ragged and bleeding, surrendered.” (Lemieux, 99-100) This coherentlyshows that dolphins are not how most humans depict them. That fighting was caused becauseJuan got into a relationship with Unior’s mate, Choney, and Unior did not approve. In the wild,Juan would have been able to seek shelter from his family or could have fled, but in captivitythose efforts are futile. Holding dolphins in captivity is not educational; it implies a false image of dolphins.Holding dolphins in captivity is morally wrong and sends thousands of dolphins eachyear to an excruciating death. Dolphins are taken away from their families and are forced toperform for us. Dolphins have complex feelings and have sophisticated perceptions of what’shappening around them, including when they see their babies or mothers being slaughtered.23,000 are wiped out every year, and everybody who goes to Sea World, or any dolphinarium,is contributing to the slaughter. Sea World purchased dolphins from Chiba, Japan that wereoriginally captured in Taiji. The trainers that capture these dolphins may not even be fully awareof what they are contributing to. In fact, they assist the whalers in killing the dolphins. It hasbeen reported that one trainer sliced a baby dolphin’s throat. This clearly shows that sometrainers may be misleading when they say they are motivated only out of love for dolphins. If they really loved dolphins, they would not assist in the slaughter, or enslave them, but let themgo, and stop this slaughter. If we keep dolphins in captivity, they will continue to be slaughtereduntil they become the dinosaurs of today. If dolphins go extinct, people will wonder whathappened to them, and would be upset that they could not enjoy them. They point their fingersat our generation and think to themselves,
why didn’t those people do anything? 
Even moreimportant, dolphins play a key role in the marine ecosystem. Without them, all of the other animals in the ocean will be wiped out as well, one by one. Without the oceans, many landanimals will go extinct too, due to lack of food from the ocean. Us land animals will go extincttoo, one by one, even us. If dolphins go extinct, in the future, there will be no food for us, andour planet would be like the others in our solar system:
Unless you want our planet tobecome like the others known to us, with no life, do
go to an amusement park that hasdolphins, or you will join the billions of humans that were accountable for the not only the deathof dolphins or ourselves, but our whole planet.

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