On every visit to the Theater of
the Sea in Islamorada,
Florida, a visitor noticed something strange: One dolphin, named
Sherman, was always by himself, isolated from
the other dolphins. He reportedly appeared to differ from the dolphins in
another way, too: He seemed to be the only dolphin who was forced to perform in multiple shows and during boat tours daily.

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PETA believes that the reported treatment
violates Animal Welfare Act requirements that dolphins be “housed in their primary enclosure
with at least one compatible animal of the same or biologically related species” and that performing animals be given an adequate rest period between
performances, so we’ve filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of
Agriculture calling for an investigation.

In
the wild, dolphins are highly social and swim up to 100 miles a day in pods. In
captivity, they can swim only in endless circles. Living in cramped chlorinated
tanks while being forced to perform unnatural tricks is so stressful that many
dolphins develop ulcers, exhibit neurotic behavior, and die prematurely.

What You Can Do

Never
patronize marine-mammal
parks
 or aquariums—your ticket purchase helps pay to keep marine
mammals in prison. Also, keep an eye out for the critically acclaimed
documentary Blackfish, which may be coming to a theater near you, and take all
your friends and family members to see it!

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Article source: PETA Action Alerts

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