dolphinariums

But it takes no valor and costs precious little to joke about these things safely oceans away from North Korea’s reach. When a North Korean inmate in a political prison camp or a closely monitored Pyongyang apparatchik pokes fun at Kim Jong Un and the system he represents—that is an act of audacity. It very literally can cost the person’s life, and those of his or her family members. To pretend that punchlines from afar, even in the face of hollow North Korean threats, are righteous acts is nonsense.

What’s more, crowding the North Korea “story” with anecdotes of nutty behavior and amusing delusions may ironically benefit those in charge in Pyongyang. It serves to buffer and obscure the sheer evil of a regime that enslaves children and sentences entire families to death for crimes of thought, while building ski resorts, dolphinariums, and other luxury escapes for elites with funds that could feed its malnourished people for several years.

—  “North Korea is Not Funny”, Adrian Hong
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Little known or discussed about in the captivity debate is the water park Aquatica, located in Orlando Florida, and owned by Seaworld. This water park has a particular attraction called the Dolphin Plunge, where tourists can slide down a water slide that passes through a tank of Commerson’s Dolphins.

Commerson’s dolphins are well known as an elsive species of dolphin that is very active and quick-moving. Both of these traits prove for them to not only be unsuitable for confinement, but also for being so invasively surrounded by humans. To add onto the probable discomfort of having screaming people shooting through their tank every few minutes, there is an underwater viewing area that is added onto this tank, as well as a viewing area from above the water, further diminishing any privacy these animals should have access to.

The ICUN lists these animals as a threatened species, and to add onto the threats to the population from being hunted for their meat and oil, Seaworld (along with the Duisburg Zoo and a few small Japanese Aquariums) captured 53 or more of these animals for live display, further endangering their wild population numbers between 1978-1987.

Aquatica Orlando opened in 2008 with 4 dolphins in their inventory: Pepe, Fabio, Ross, and Keebler. Since then, Keebler and Fabio passed away. Keebler was 16, Fabio was 21. Only 2 dolphins remain at the park.

Please don’t support this business that is not only unfair to the animals, but environmentally unsustainable. Be pro-freedom, and spend your money on an animal-free water park, or take your family on a responsible whale watching tour instead.

India Declares Dolphins To Be “Non-Human Persons”, Dolphin Shows Banned

India’s Ministry of Environment and Forests has decided to forbid the keeping of captive dolphins for public entertainment anywhere in the country.

In a policy statement released Friday, the ministry advised state governments to reject any proposal to establish a dolphinarium “by any person / persons, organizations, government agencies, private or public enterprises that involves import, capture of cetacean species to establish for commercial entertainment, private or public exhibition and interaction purposes whatsoever.”

Why?

“Whereas cetaceans in general are highly intelligent and sensitive, and various scientists who have researched dolphin behavior have suggested that the unusually high intelligence; as compared to other animals means that dolphins should be seen as ‘non-human persons’ and as such should have their own specific rights and is morally unacceptable to keep them captive for entertainment purpose,” the ministry said.

Say NO to dolphin captivity in Cyprus

A brief summary of the newspaper’s article. The title of the article is ‘The road opens for delfinarium in Cyprus’ meaning anybody can apply for the construction of delfinarium. 

Some companies are interesting to the creation of delfinarium in Paralimni (Cyprus) for this reason the current government change the decision of the previous government (when Mr. Cliridis was president), which was the prohibition of delivery request for importation of dolphins (08/10/1999). The company Scotforth Consultants Ltd requested permission from a specific government’s department for the creation of delfinarium and seals’ attractions in Paralimni.

For this reason, we started this petition in order to stop this permission and protect by law these creatures.

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Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Sea of Okhotsk, Russia
Date of Capture: July 2014
Age at Capture: Approx. 4 years
Current Location: Moscow Dolphinarium & Aquarium, Russia

Sometime in July 2014, four more Orca were captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia. Three of the whales were transferred to China, while the fourth, a young female later known as Malyshka or Juliet, was transferred to the Moscow Dolphinarium & Aquarium.

Here, Juliet met two other young whales; another female named Narnia, and a young male named Nord. It appears that Narnia, who is approximately 8 or 9 years old, is a caretaker in regards to both Nord and Juliet, who are both under 6 years. All three whales appear to get along well.

In July 2015, some private shows were conducted, though the purpose for these shows is still unknown. Theories state that it may have been to see if the whales could handle an audience, for advertisement purposes, or for the aquarium owners or investors.

On August 4, 2015, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, visited the aquarium. The following day, the aquarium opened it’s doors to those who received special invitations - however, visitors were met with protesters from the Alliance for Animals. While some visitors ignored them, others were upset. Though some visitors took the time to chat with the protesters and ask questions, and many ended up deciding against going to the aquarium.

According to the website of the Mosquarium, any kind of photography is prohibited, but photos and videos have been appearing on social media sites, such as Instagram, regardless.

Today, Juliet is approximately 6 years old and still resides at the Mosquarium with Nord and Narnia, and is reportedly being trained still.

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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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Gender: Male
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Sakhalin Island, Russia
Date of Capture: October 2013
Age at Capture: Approx. 6 years
Current Location: Moscow Dolphinarium & Aquarium, Russia

Sometime in October 2013, a group of three Orca were captured near Sakhalin Island in Russia. One of the whales was either released, transported elsewhere, or died; there is no information on the whereabouts of this whale. A second whale from this capture was reportedly moved to China, though no other information is available.

The third whale, a young male later named Nord, was transferred to the Adaptation Center in Livadia near Nakhodka where he was kept with several other whales, including a female named Narnia who was captured in 2012.

On December 2, 2013, Narnia and Nord were transferred to Moscow where they spent some time in iron tanks at the All-Russian Exhibition Center while the Moscow Dolphinarium & Aquarium was being constructed. After construction was nearly finished, Narnia and Nord were moved into their new ‘home’ and in July 2014, were joined by another young female known as Malyshka or Juliet.

In July 2015, some private shows were conducted but the purpose for these shows is unknown. It could have been to see if the whales could handle an audience, for advertisement purposes, or for the aquarium owners.

On August 4th, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the aquarium. The following day, the aquarium opened up to those who received special invitations - however, visitors were met with protesters from the Alliance for Animals. While some visitors ignored them, others were upset. Though some visitors took the time to chat with the protesters and ask questions, and many decided against going to the aquarium.

According to the website of the Mosquarium, any kind of photography is prohibited but photos and videos have been appearing on social media sites, such as Instagram, regardless.

Today, Nord is approximately 6 years old and still resides in the Mosquarium with Narnia and Juliet.

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So Dr Naomi Rose (scientist and anti captivity advocate) went to the St. Petersburg Dolphinarium in Russia. This is what information and photos she gathered:

Here are a few photos of the St. Petersburg dolphinarium - and if it looks like an Olympic swimming/diving pool facility to you, it should, because that’s precisely what it is. When the Moscow Olympics were over in 1980, this facility was standing more or less idle, so it was turned into a dolphinarium - Olympic logos, swimming lanes, diving boards and all. This is considered one of the best dolphinariums in the country . It is dark, noisy, and the infrastructure is slowly deteriorating, because of course it was never meant to hold saltwater mammals.

She has more info that will be posted soon.

These are the even darker sides of the cetacean captivity industry that you support when you decide to throw your money at any aquarium or marine park that houses cetaceans. 

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Gender: Female
Pod: N/A
Place of Capture: Reyneke Island, Russia
Date of Capture: August 2012
Age at Capture: Approx. 5 years
Current Location: Moscow Dolphinarium & Aquarium, Russia

Sometime in August of 2012, two Orca were captured in the Sea of Okhotsk in Russia. While one of the whales was taken captive, the other’s fate is unknown; whether it died, was released, or even escaped. The Orca taken captive was soon named Narnia and was kept at the Adaptation Center in Livadia near Nakhodka.

Narnia was kept alone until September 2013 when three more Orca were captured and transferred to the Center. The three new whales were reportedly in very poor condition and refused to eat no matter what staff tried. Eventually, Narnia apparently offered them her fish, and was able to coax them into eating.

On December 2, 2013, it was reported that Narnia and a young male were transported to Moscow to a temporary holding tank because they were in poor condition from the cold temperatures in their sea pens; likely from not having enough space to move and warm themselves up.

Eventually the young males name was revealed to be Nord and in December 2014, they were moved into the new aquarium with a young female named Malyshka (or Juliet) who was captured in July 2014.

Since their final move, very few photos have been released. However, the Oceanarium held a show on July 17, 2015. Some photos and video were posted to Instagram, but mostly to a private account. It is unclear what the show was for, but may have been held for the owners, the mayor of the city, to get shots for advertisements, or to see if the whales can handle a public setting.

Today, Narnia is approximately 8 years old and remains at the Oceanarium with Nord and Juliet.

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Isn’t it interesting that places like New Zealand have never had an orca in captivity, and yet many of its residents oppose it. Now compare that to Florida, where they’ve had dolphinariums for as long as they’ve been around, and they are one of the highest states for harassment of wild dolphins. Shouldn’t that say something about what captivity teaches kids who grew up with it?

“People who have faced death often speak of their lives flashing before their lives. Something much different happened to dolphin trainer Richard O'Barry when one of the dolphins that played Flipper on television died of stress in his arms. He realized that most of his career as an animal trainer had been a mistake and that dolphins have as much right to freedom as humans. He vowed not to rest until he freed every last dolphin that could be returned to the wild successfully.

This is a true story that will move not only animal lovers but everyone who loves a well-told tale. He began to understand that dolphins were easy to train because of their great intelligence, not his great talent, and keeping them in captivity was cruel and morally wrong. While research and entertainment are important to human life, they are not worth the cost to these beautiful and gentle animals.

O'Barry was arrested trying to free a dolphin, but that didn’t stop him, and he now devotes his life to untraining dolphins and returning them to their natural habitats. Once the pride of the billion-dollar dolphin captivity industry, he has since become its nemesis.”

When first asked, 61 per cent of respondents said they would avoid tourist attractions abroad showing whales and dolphins; when they were shown a short statement about the difference between conditions for the animals in the wild and conditions in captivity, and asked again, the number of those against a day out at a dolphinarium rose to 86 per cent.
—  British public opinion stands against holding cetaceans captive. 
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A Protest Was Held Against Dolphin Captivity in Moscow!

On July 18th, “Alliance For Animals” Activists in Moscow organized protest against Dolphin Shows in Russia and Dolphinarium in Izmailovsky Park where beluga Platon and 2 bottlenose dolphins forced to live in the tiny pool.

Activists started their protest near the subway station Novokuznetskaya in the city center with a simple message – “Don’t buy a ticket – Do not support dolphin shows!”.

After that activists went to Izmailovsky park and tried to stop the show with loud whistles, microphone and signs. Unfortunately they couldn’t stop the show, but some people left the show at that point. Despite all that noise and rain poor beluga Platon was forced to do stupid tricks, like nothing ever happened.As always, dolphinarium security tried to stop activists. They attacked activists trying to break their posters. They even attacked the girls. (video on the original article)

But Russian activists are not afraid of that! They will continue their fight for the freedom of dolphins!

We will post all the updates at our website.

What’s more, crowding the North Korea “story” with anecdotes of nutty behavior and amusing delusions may ironically benefit those in charge in Pyongyang. It serves to buffer and obscure the sheer evil of a regime that enslaves children and sentences entire families to death for crimes of thought, while building ski resorts, dolphinariums, and other luxury escapes for elites with funds that could feed its malnourished people for several years. How many people would have watched The Interview and concluded that they should do something to help change this odious regime and bring about human rights for North Koreans?

In Charlie Chaplin’s 1964 autobiography, the star discussed the backlash that he faced from Hollywood and the German and British governments when plans for The Great Dictator’s release were announced. He moved forward with the project despite these concerns, but years later suggested that he regretted that decision: “Had I known of the actual horrors of the German concentration camps, I could not have made The Great Dictator; I could not have made fun of the homicidal insanity of the Nazis.”