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10 ways that YOU can help dolphins and whales in captivity

Have you been educated about captivity, and decided you’re against keeping dolphins in whales captive for our entertainment at their expense? Want to get involved but just don’t know how? These are a few somewhat easy ways to make your impact on the greater fight for getting cetaceans out of captivity, and if you can accomplish just a couple of these tasks, you’re doing a great job of fighting for these intelligent beings. Every single voice matters, only united can we make a big wave.

  1. Get Educated- You may already be educated on why cetaceans don’t fare well in captivity, but you can never be too knowledgable on the subject and there’s new information coming out all the time. Keep researching!
  2. Attend Protests- Peaceful protesting is a great way to get out there and show people that there are real humans out there that are standing up to this abusive practice and want it to end. Not only are you making a statement to the captivity industry, you may be planting a seed to so many people who just happen to come by your protest and learn something new that they may not have ever thought about previously. If there aren’t any protests going on near you, organize one!
  3. Tell Everyone you Know- Make a Facebook status about it. Call your parents and tell them about it. Bring it up in conversation at lunch with your friends. One of your most powerful tools is education, and anyone with compassion who’s educated on the subject will be inclined to not support this industry.
  4. Make Flyers and Put them Up Around Town- Making informational flyers is an awesome way to get the word out even farther than your friend circle. Include a few main points on why cetacean captivity is cruel and include some reference websites to learn more from. Also don’t forget to encourage everyone to boycott marine parks with captive cetaceans!
  5. Write to your Government Leaders- Let your government know that you’re not going to stand for this. Get involved and learn about specific cases of captivity abuse, and tell your leaders in that area about it! Letting your leaders know that this is something on the people’s minds is helpful in getting them to get involved on the issue.
  6. Sign Petitions- While some online petitions aren’t very useful and effective, some really are! Regardless, at least you can say you got involved and took a stand, so sign any dolphin and whale welfare petitions you find that are worth supporting! Also don’t be afraid to start your own petition! The best way to know if a petition is effective is yourself being in charge of it and you ensuring the signatures get to where they need to go.
  7. Boycott!- Boycotting all marine parks with captive cetaceans is key to taking them down where it’s important- money. Also consider boycotting any companies who do business with or openly advertise for these marine parks, so that they may be inclined to stop their support. It’s worked before and it will keep working so long as we keep the pressure on!
  8. Tell the Marine Parks What You Want- Contact these parks and facilities, let them know you don’t support what they’re doing, and let them know they won’t be getting any money from you until they reform their cruel practices. They need to know what the public wants, and it’s up to you to tell them!
  9. Donate to Organizations Helping to Stop Captivity- There are tons of non profits out there that work towards animal welfare and stopping the continued captivity of dolphins and whales, and they need your funding to keep operating! If you can donate any amount to these organizations, you’re funding the fight against this abusive industry.
  10. Get into Online Activism- The internet is an amazing tool for spreading information, and if you want to help get information out to the masses and encourage them to boycott marine parks, try spreading the word through your own website or social media! Always remember to cite sources, present strong and constructive arguments, and network with like minded people along the way!

Maui’s dolphins live only off of the coast of New Zealand. They are the world’s smallest species of dolphin. With only 50 left in the wild, this species is very very near extinction. The threat to their survival stems from human and environmental  problems such as getting stuck in nets, pollution, getting hit by boats and boat propellors, and acoustic pollution from construction.

Sign this petition to help save Maui Dolphins!

http://www.change.org/p/save-maui-s-dolphins-from-extinction

Horror in the Cove

I know the cove doesn’t get a mention much here anymore, but everyone needs to know what is going on right now. 

On the 20th of January a superpod of around 200 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove. 

They were surrounded by nets and left overnight before the captive selection process began. So far 82 dolphins have been taken for the captivity industry, most of them calves taken from their frantic mothers. 

Each day, for around 7 hours, the dolphin have faced the trauma of being manhandled by hunters and trainers. The people responsible are as usual driving their boats straight through the pod without any shred of decency. Dolphins have been repeatedly tangled in the nets attempting to reunited with their pod members. They are starving, dehydrated and exhausted, and at least 2 dolphins have died, either from stress or injury sustained during their harrowing ordeal. 

This horrendous torture will continue tomorrow, it is likely that even more dolphins will be taken for the captivity industry. It is not yet known if any individuals will be slaughtered. 

This is not tradition. 

This is barbarism. This is greed

*Update 1. The estimated pod size has now been increased to 300 animals. The captures are ongoing, 2 more dolphins have died*

*Update 2. 100 Bottlenose Dolphins were captured and transferred to the sea pens for a life of confinement. Of those that survive the first months of confinement, half will be dead in under 7 years. The 2/3 of the pod that were driven back out to sea are exhausted, injured, dehydrated and traumatized. Its is highly likely there will be more fatalities among the survivors, especially among the very young calves. 

Sign the Petition to Help Save Japan’s Dolphins

More than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises are being slaughtered each year for their meat at the Cove in Taiji, Japan. Yet, the majority of the world is not aware of this happening. Be a part of the solution by signing and sharing this petition.

SIGN NOW

Kelly Clark, curator of trainers at SeaWorld Orlando told a bold faced lie on Fox News last night, claiming that SeaWorld has not separated a young orca from its mother in over 35 years.

What about:

  • Kalina (Aged 4) taken from Katina in 1990 and moved from Florida to Ohio. 
  • Katerina (Aged 2) taken from Katina in 1991 and moved from Florida to Ohio.
  • Kayla (Aged 2) taken from Kenau in 1991 and moved from Texas to Ohio and later moved to Florida.
  • Splash (Aged 2) taken from Nootka V in 1992 and moved from Marineland Canada to SeaWorld California.
  • Keet (Aged 1) taken from Kalina in 1994 and moved from Texas to California.
  • Sumar (Less than 1 year old) taken from Taima in 1999 and moved from Florida to California.
  • Keto (Aged 3) taken from Kalina in 1999 and moved from Florida to California and later moved to Loro Parque, Spain.
  • Shouka (Aged 9) taken from Sharkan in 2002 and moved from Marineland France to Six Flags Ohio and later to SeaWorld California.
  • Unna (Aged 5) taken from Katina in 2002 and moved from Florida to Texas. 
  • Takara (Aged 12) taken from Kasatka in 2004 and moved from California to Florida and later moved to Texas.
  • Tuar (Aged 4) taken from Kalina in 2004 and moved from Florida to Texas. 
  • Tekoa (Aged 3) taken from Taima in 2004 and moved from Florida to Texas and later to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Ikaika (Aged 4) taken from Katina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Marineland Canada. 
  • Kohana (Aged 2) taken from Takara in 2006 and moved from Florida to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Skyla (Aged 2) taken from Kalina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Loro Parque, Spain. 
  • Taku (Aged 12) taken from Katina in 2006 and moved from Florida to Texas. 

I won’t ever understand how someone could go onto television and lie so freely; the most recent separations even occurred at the park where Clark works.

 (Feel free to add any more i may have missed or correct any information i might have gotten wrong)

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Headlines were made earlier this year when it was announced that a “secret” dolphin facility was under construction deep in the Arizona desert. Several animal rights activist groups were quick to condemn the very idea of the facility, creating petitions and protesting with the slogan: “dolphins don’t belong in the desert.” 

But what does this phrase really mean? These animals obviously aren’t going to be thrown into a sand dune nor are they going to be fed a diet of fresh frozen cacti. In reality the dolphins aren’t going to be interacting with much outside of their 925,000 gallon habitat. Moreover this state-of-the-art enclosure was built quite creatively to ensure that the desert stays far away from the dolphins’ little oasis. Several shade structures have been built to protect surfacing dolphins from prolonged exposure to the harsh Arizona sun. And about those ridiculous desert temperature swings, well the dolphin habitat has both heaters and chillers to keep it comfortably within the 70′s all year long. But let’s not forget about the coolest aspect of this habitat: Dolphinaris Arizona will be one of the first dolphin exhibits with pools that can be transformed from indoors to outdoors and back again. Two of the pools in the habitat can be enclosed with the help of a sliding glass panel, thus ensuring that the dolphins are safe from climate hazards such as severe dust storms. In many ways, the dolphins in this facility will be in better shape than those in environments closer to their home range, such as the hurricane-prone Floridian coast. 

So what does the phrase “dolphins don’t belong in the desert” really mean after all? Considering the fact that this new habitat has been designed to keep its resident animals cool, wet and comfortable, I’m not quite sure. We have to face it, the location of this facility isn’t going to be affecting these animals’ welfare. Instead, it’s a rather ingenious method of connecting a population hundreds of miles from the coast with an ocean strangled by the run-off of their green, sparkling suburbs. CO2 emissions pumping out of cars deep in the heart of Arizona are making their way to the sea and mixing with saltwater, bleaching corals and dissolving the shells of countless oceanic creatures. It’s hip Scottsdale restaurants and run-of-the-mill grocery stores, along with their counterparts across the country, whose insatiable desire for seafood are depleting fish populations thousands of miles away. So if this new dolphin facility turns a few Arizona kids destined to be accountants into future marine biologists or makes a few Scottsdale retirees develop a passion for sustainable living, we’ll see that this location is more of a bonus than a drawback. Rather than “not belonging in the desert,” it seems that the dry, hot Arizona desert is the perfect home for a pod of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. 

anonymous asked:

Hello! I feel like you're the kind of person to help handle an issue I'm having. I've decided to go vegan because of many many reasons I'm sure you know. I feel like everywhere I go people are saying "drink your milk and eat your meat to grow stronger!!11!" and sometimes I try to meekly explain to my friends why that is actually bad, but they just blow me off, make jokes and say "wellllllll not ALL cows are treated like that." I really want advice on what to do to help them see my point of view.

Hi anon! You’re awesome and I want to thank you for reaching out to me. I was once like you, a brand new shiny vegan. At first, everyone was pretty terrible to me too. Or at least, they mocked me for deciding not to eat animals. I tried to give them the facts, how the animals are treated, and how they’re basically just babies when they’re slaughtered (days to months old, depending on the species). But they just laughed it off.

Eventually, after a looong time, they saw it wasn’t just a phase, or a fad, and that it was something I truly stood by. And they stopped being shitheads about it. Even my ex, who was an avid meat-eater, told me I was right and that going vegan was probably the best way to live. He didn’t want to do it himself, but he said he knew I was right.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t really help the animals, does it?

Sometimes the best way is to show them is through a different lens, one that doesn’t come directly from you. Another voice. There are some really amazing documentaries out there about how animals are treated on farms, labs, zoos, and slaughterhouses. I admit, I didn’t have any interest in vegetarianism (I didn’t even know what veganism was at the time) until I had to witness what happened to these animals with my own two eyes. And I feel that most people are the same way. No one wants animals to be hurt or killed, especially if their money helps pay for it, and showing them actual footage of what happens in these places is honestly, in my opinion, something everyone needs to experience.

Here are some of my favorite documentaries I pulled from this post and I hope they help!

  • Earthlings - narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, details the human use of animals in five specific areas: for food, clothing, entertainment, science, and as pets. It’s graphic but YOU HAVE TO SEE what are you contributing to.
  • Lucent -  explores the darker side of Australia’s pig farming industry, highlighting the day-to-day tremendous cruelty accepted by the industry as standard practice.
  • Cowspiracy  : The Sustainability Secret - explores the impact of animal agriculture on the environment, and investigates the policies of environmental organizations on this issue. The movie has made such an impact that it motivated at least two restaurants to go vegan.  
  • What the Health -  the groundbreaking follow-up film from the creators of the award-winning documentary Cowspiracy. The film exposes the collusion and corruption in government and big business that is costing  trillions of healthcare dollars, and keeping people sick.
  • Before The Flood -  a look at how climate change affects our environment and what society can do prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems and native communities across the planet.
  • Peaceble Kingdom : The Journey Home -  the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life.
  • Meat The Truth -  presented by Marianne Thieme the documentary is drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, that has been repeatedly ignored, one of the most important causes of climate change, namely: intensive livestock production.
  • Forks Over Knives - advocates a low-fat, whole-food, plant-based diet as a way to avoid or reverse several chronic diseases.
  • Blackfish -  a documentary following the controversial captivity of killer whales and its dangers for both humans and whales.
  • Live & Let Live -  is a feature documentary examining our relationship with animals, the history of veganism and the ethical, environmental and health reasons that move people to go vegan.
  • The Cove - analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices.  the film is a call to action to halt mass dolphin kills, change fishing practices, and to inform and educate the public about the risks, and increasing hazard, of mercury poisoning from dolphin meat.
  • Speciesism: The Movie -  The documentary takes viewers on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide factory farm, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.
  • Vegucated -  story about 3 omnivore New York guys who plan to go vegan for six weeks for weight loss and other health benefits, but during their vegan journey, they uncover the dark side of animal agriculture, and all of a sudden find themselves against the very industry they patronized a few weeks before.

I am not at all interested in having my daughter who is 3-and-a-half grow up thinking that it’s normalized to have these intelligent, highly evolved animals in concrete pools. I don’t want her to think that’s how we treat the kin that we find ourselves around on this planet. I think it’s atrocious.“ - John Jett

Names of over five hundred captive Orcas and other Dolphins, only five hundred of the 2,000 names I collected.. Two thousand animals suffering because of humans.. An orca can swim up to one hundred miles a day in the wild, in the average tank they would have to swim 1,208 laps each day to reach that equivalent. Not only are the tanks small but they’re over crowded with stressed, bored, scared, and depressed animals which only leads to violence and injuries to themselves and the people they work with. These animals are so much smarter than most people can even comprehend, they deserve better, say no to sea world and other marine parks promoting this slavery