Cruel Caribbean Dolphin Display Must Close!

Although the Caribbean island of Anguilla is only 16 miles long and 3 miles wide, it’s a popular destination for many cruise liners. An outfit called Dolphin Discovery, which has a controversial history on the island and which was reportedly once ordered to close after a lengthy court battle, was given approval to reopen for business in July. The dolphins used at Dolphin Discovery are held in a cramped sea pen, where they’re forced to give rides to and interact with tourists. The pen is located near a dock that dozens of ferries travel back and forth past every day, subjecting the dolphins to engine noise and pollutants. The area is also prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, from which the confined dolphins have little protection.

In the quest to make as much money as possible, such facilities operate almost continuously, giving the animals little respite from a stream of tourists and cruise passengers. Debris and trash left in or near these pens, such as plastic bags, coins, and brochures, can be ingested by the animals, causing acute gastrointestinal problems.

Dolphins have rich social lives and brains that are as complex as our own, and they enjoy close, cooperative, and long-standing relationships. They swim together in family pods and can cover up to 100 miles a day. Just like us, dolphins have distinct personalities and can think about the future. These self-aware animals recognize themselves and have been seen closely examining themselves in mirrors.

Although captive dolphins in the United States are afforded some legal protection, dolphin displays in the Caribbean are governed by few, if any, protective regulations.

You Can Help
Please ask Anguilla Deputy Gov. Stanley Reid to close Dolphin Discovery once and for all.

Dear [Decision Maker],

Sincerely,
[Your Name]

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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