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Asunto:PAN- THE TRUTH ABOUT DOLPHIN SWIM-WITH PROGRAM S
Fecha:Miercoles, 1 de Junio, 2005  18:44:56 (-0500)
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THE TRUTH ABOUT DOLPHIN SWIM-WITH PROGRAM S

To: Iberamerican Web of Light <LuxWeb@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2005 18:39:20 -0500
Subject: THE TRUTH ABOUT DOLPHIN SWIM-WITH PROGRAM S


From: Araceli Domínguez <gema@cancun.com.mx>
Reply-To: GEMA <gema@cancun.com.mx>
Date: Wed, 01 Jun 2005 15:23:58 -0600
To: Ricardo Ocampo <redanahuak@laneta.apc.org>




³When you teach a child not to step on a butterfly, you are helping the
child as much as the butterfly.²

­Ric O ¹Barry,Flipper ¹s former trainer



The implicit message given to every child taken to a captive dolphin
facility is that it is okay to take these creatures from their families for
our amusement; that their freedom and happiness is secondary to our
entertainment.


Please consider putting your love for dolphins to work on their behalf.
Don¹t swim with captive dolphins. Let them stay wild.


THE TRUTH ABOUT DOLPHIN SWIM-WITH P R O G RA M S


If you love dolphins please think twice before contributing to their capture
and captivity.


D O L P H I N S   A R E   D Y I N G   T O   A M U S E   Y O U



INJURIES



People have sustained injury from swimming with captive dolphins.

1 Even cetacean trainers with extensive experience have been seriously
injured.

2 Reports include broken bones, internal injuries and serious wounds
requiring hospitalization.


1.NMFS 1990;Frohoff 1993;Maas et al 1999,Samuels and Spralin
19952.Norns 1937,Defran Pryor
19803.National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Inventory Reports
 


DISEASES


Anyone who touches marine mammals is at risk of infection from the numerous
microorganisms present in the aquarium or marine environment. Blow-hole
spray, as well as water contaminated with urine and feces,can facilitate the
entry of a microorganism into a human host. Pathogens widespread in the
marine environment include streptococci, staphylococci, proteus,
psuedomonas, aeromonas, erysipelothrix, vibrios, clostridium and
myco-bacteria.1

1.The CRC Handbook on Marine Mammal Medicine:Health,Disease and Rehabilitation by
Leslie A.Dierauf,1990


DO YOU REALLY WANT TO PUT YOUR KID IN THERE?


Dolphins weigh as much as 450 pounds and produce three to five times as much
urine and feces as human be- ings.When several dolphins are permanently
confined in a concrete tank or sea pen,huge amounts of sewage are produced
every day.This can present a health hazard to humans entering the pool,no
matter how much chlorine is added to disguise the look and smell of polluted
water.


FORCED TO ENDURE AMPUTATED LIVES

Captivity denies dolphins the ability to engage in species specific
behaviors, such as swimming up to 40 miles a day and socializing. Commercial
facilities are not natural habitats,and the stress of captivity and exposure
to the public with no place to hide often results in stomach ulcers.


BORED AND AGGRESSIVE


Dolphins are naturally energetic, playful and inquisitive. But when tasked
with entertaining tourists day in and day out with nowhere to escape,they
often become bored and aggressive toward humans. Sadly, not everyone is kind
to dolphins; abuse from insensitive tourists is another facet of swim-with
programs.


AN UNNATURAL EXISTENCE


Wild dolphins do not 'walk' on water, or jump through hoops or nod their
heads on cue. These are artificial, forced behaviors, drilled by rote and
food manipulation. The staple diet of captive dolphins is dead fish, another
sad reality of a life outside the wild.


IS THIS ANY WAY TO TREAT A LOVED ONE?


Human beings cherish home,family and freedom ‹exactly the things stolen from
dolphins when they are taken from their families for a life of involuntary
servitude.If we truly care for these creatures,we will work to protect them
in their ocean homes.      


A SAD TALE


In the spring of 2003,Canadian businessman Chris Porter arrived in the
Solomon ¹s Islands in the Pacific Ocean, north of Australia. He quickly
established a bounty for every live dolphin captured and brought to a
holding pen. Local fishermen of this civil-war ravaged nation eagerly
responded. About a hundred dolphins were chased, netted and dumped in open
skiffs, where they lay exposed and gasping for hours until they were moved
to the filthy and increasingly crowded holding pen.


Some aborted their babies,and at least seven died in the nets. In a deal
struck with a Mexican syndicate, 33 dolphins were slated to be airlifted to
Cancun, Mexico for use in tourist swim-with programs at Parque Nizuc; the
facility is estimated to have paid US$46,000 per dolphin.The Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora requires a
thorough population study before dolphins can be caught and internationally
traded. This was not done. Only 28 arrived in Cancun, and at least one has
died there. The dolphins, Indian Ocean bottlenose, an exotic species to the
Caribbean, were put in an area adjacent to native bottlenose dolphins,
breaking quarantine rules and violating national and international law. One
of the native dolphins has now died as well. Parque Nizuc continues to
profit from two types of exploitation: the imprisonment of marine mammals
and the cleverly veiled exploitation of the tourists who want to get close
to their beloved dolphins.


Katy Penland
Helene O ¹Barry/Dolphin Project



DOLPHINS SUFFER BEHIND THE SHOW


...if you love them,let them be free.


Taken permanently from their families Dolphins live in complex societies
with their own cultures and dialects, maintaining close family ties with
grandparents, aunts and uncles.Individuals are violently removed by the
swim-with industry, with no hope of ever being reunited with their
families. Young mothers, vital members of the community,are the most sought
after. All captives are removed forever from the wild gene pool.


SURVIVORS OF A BRUTAL CAPTURE


Most performing dolphins are wild-caught. Cruelly chased to exhaustion by
power boats, these wild dolphins are ensnared in nets and hauled onto a
capture vessel, or herded into shallow sea cages. Many die. The survivors
may endure the hot sun, overcrowding and dehydration.


Their final destination is a void existence in a commercial facility.


We assume the dolphins¹ perpetual smiles show contentment, but that is just
how their faces are shaped; dead dolphins still 'smile'.


JOIN US

The undersigned organizations are working to protect dolphins from all
threats:sonar and other deadly sound, fishing nets, toxic pollution and
confinement for commercial gain.

Animal
WelfareInstitute
PO Box 3650,Washington,DC 20027,USA
(703)836-4300 fax:(703)836-0400 www.awionline.org


Advocates for Animal Rights (Bahamas)€Animal Protection Institute € Animal
Rights Hawai ¹i € Animal Welfare Institute € ASMS OceanCare (Switzerland)€
Bahamas Humane Society € Captive Dolphin Awareness Foundation € Cetacean
Society International € Coalition for No Whales in Captivit y € Committee
for a Dophinarium-Free Belgium € The Dolphin Project € Earthcare ((Bahamas)€
Earth Island Institute € Elsa Nature Conser vancy (Japan)€ Environmental
Investigation Agency € Finns for the Whales (Finland)€ Free Willy//Keiko
Foundation € Fundación Cethus (Argentina)€ Grupo Ecologico Mayab (Mexico)€
Humane Societ y Canada € In Defense of Animals € Irish Seal Sanctuary
((Ireland)€ LegaSeaS International € Lifeforce Foundation € Marine
Connection (UK)€ Ocean Fr iends € One Voice (France)€ reEar th (Bahamas)€
Réseau-- Cétacés (France)€Wild Earth Foundation (Argentina)€ Zoocheck Canada