It looks like a big pool…. but it’s just a small cage in the water.

Good news first: Russian Ministry of Culture will support a ban of keeping animals in mobile zoos, dolphinariums and aquariums!

Department of Cultural Heritage has reviewed the appeal,
addressed to the Minister of Culture of Russian Federation, which expressed concerns related with the activities of mobile and stationary dolphinariums.

Keeping animals in captivity is regulated by the federal law, which has no specific actions for the avoidance or
suppression of cruelty to animals, there is a very vague wording on the responsibility of individuals and legal entities in respect of use of animals. Russian Ministry of Culture sent its proposals to amend the legislation.

It should be noted that the organization of leisure in the Russian zoos - is just one aspect of their work, and not the most important one. According to the Russian and international law, their mission is still the scientific and educational work, conservation and breeding of rare species, conducting research activities.

In late July, The First Congress of All-Russian Zoo’s Directors was held in Moscow, which led to the creation of the Russian Union of Zoos. One of it’s main objectives is the development of the “Law of Zoos“. It is planned to regulate the professional activities of zoos and dolphinariums and set the unified standards of keeping animals in captivity. Meanwhile, the project of the federal law "On the Treatment of Animals” has been prepared for its consideration by the State Duma in the autumn of 2016.

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anonymous asked:

The only thing keeping me kinda anti is some of the pools are kinda small to me like lolita and the orca at mundo mundo and some of the dolphinariums i went to in mexico...Yeah i was just hoping you could recommend pros or people who post good stuff

Of course.
There’s always room for improvement!
The bigger the better
Personally, I hate Lolita’s situation, I wish she could be moved maybe to SWO (she probably wouldn’t stand a longer travel), but she hates changes, and MSQ can’t expand, even if they did it would be a waste of money as she is very old and could die any day…(Although she is one of the healthiest captive orcas)
I’m completely against Kshamenk’s situation (the orca from MundoMarino)
I wish something could be changed, but the laws make it harder.
These two facilities may do some good for wild animals but they sure need to improve the care they give to their own animals…

You see, I like the idea of modern zoos, providing enough space to move for their animals, covering their needs, and educating the public, making them fall in love with the animals and so, they’ll want to protect them in the wild (this is Conservation), we must support the zoos doing good, but you can be prozoo and also dislike many of the zoos which haven’t evolved at all, as those you said. Those are not real zoos, so you don’t have to support them, only when they really want to improve the way they treat animals and their enclosures
I’m also aware about many mexican dolphinariums being too small and that are made only for swim with programs…That’s not how it’s done…

Hmm actually there aren’t too many blogs posting about captivity debate from a prozoo point of view…Some of the best ones left because of anticap bullying…So here are the best I know (the ones who post the most about capt)

Anything else about dolphinariums/zoos that makes you feel uncomfortable? ^^
Cetacean Awareness: Taiji: The Little Town With A Really Big Secret

Taiji: A small town located in Higashimuro District, Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. Tucked away along the island coastline, Taiji has a small population of only 3,428 people, and compared to the hustle and bustle of the nation’s capital Tokyo, it couldn’t be more different. However, for many years this place held a dark secret. To outsiders looking it, Taiji appears to be a simple town that has a love for all things dolphin, from having statues and paintings along the sidewalks to even possessing it’s own signature dolphinarium, the “Taiji Whale Museum”. But in the shadows of this Taiji has hidden the fact that every year, from September to February, it becomes a graveyard for cetaceans, hosting one of the largest dolphin slaughters in the world.

This year is no different. Starting in less than two weeks the bloodbath will begin, with fisherman targeting over 1,000 individual animals. The reason? Well, the official statement is that the drive is meant to stock meat to citizens, but now only a very small percentage of Japanese people eat dolphin meat, with most being outright opposed to it. The most commonly accepted, and not very well hidden reason, is to supply live captured dolphins for the captivity trade. A dead animal can get hunters around $500, but a live cetacean for an aquarium can reach up to $150,000, if not more.

The primary targets of this years slaughter are pacific white-sided dolphins, striped dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins, risso’s dolohins, short-finned pilot whales, and false killer whales. Currently the total quota of animals wanted is 1,820, far lower than it was in previous years due to public pressure and protesting. Even with a high count such as this it is unlikely that the fisherman who conduct the drive fishery will actually get this many due to the reasons stated before.

You may be asking yourself now, how can you help? Well, there are many ways you can, including:

  1. Pledge to not buy a ticket to an aquarium that houses cetaceans! Whether or not the animals came directly from Taiji, you are still funding the practice by saying “it’s okay to keep cetaceans in captivity” with your wallet. Other facilities will see this and want to make money fast with these animals and go to places like Taiji to purchase them. So, skip the show, and just say no!
  2. Share the knowledge, educate friends and family! Tell your friends and family members the plight of cetaceans in Taiji and what they can do to help. Share articles online with your followers on social media to spread the word!
  3. Donate to organizations! Donate to different organizations that work at the front lines, such as Ric O’ Barry’s Dolphin Project, among others!
  4. Sign petitions and contact your local government! Find out the email addresses of your local officials and email them to let them know what is going on! Sign petitions that are opposed to the slaughter in Taiji!

For more information on how you can help, click here

As September 1st draws near, we must remember not to loose hope. I quote Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of, thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

So, join us as we stop the slaughter. Join us as we make a difference.

anonymous asked:

What are the most common assumptions that most anti caps make about pro caps?

Probably that they’ll will blindly support every facility,every situation, or that they’ll believe everything a marinepark says.
That they only care about having fun in the shows/having more ‘cute baby shamus’

Of course people like that exists, but they are not pro, they are just…fanatics, radicals.

As my friend said yesterday, I don’t like “procap” word. I just support modern zoos,(and I still criticize (in a contructive way) even the best zoo/dolphinarium…) and improvement.