Dolphin from ZOO Nuremberg, Germany
Do you know that after watching the"Cove", many people immediately became specialists on an area of dolphin captivity? In my eyes, it is a kind of pathetic. VERY pathetic.
Do you know that REAL
dolphin lovers knew about Taiji's drive hunts LONG TIME before the Cove was released?
Do you know that creator of the Cove cooperated on a documentary about a return of a captive dolphins to the wild? This documentary ended with a dolphin heading to freedom and with a comment, that the dolphin happily swam to freedom. In fact, the female was scared and returned back to the pen in a sea, refusing to leave it. It was later moved to another dolphin facility. Her conditions improved a lot. But the point of a documetary was: ,,a dolphin who lived in captivity was SUCCESSFULLY returned to the freedom and to the ocean." This was not true. Why the hell do so many people trust a guy, who has already made a ,,documentary", whose main point was a LIE?
Do you know that the creator of the Cove was sued and had to pay a fine, because he released two captive dolphins who had no chance to survive? Fortunately, they were found soon - starving, begging for food, injured. This guy simply wanted to free them, having no care for results. The results of his "wish" were two scared and SUFFERING animals.
Is this really what a dolphin lover is supposed to do, people?
No. In my opinion, people who prefere their IDEAS and WISHES to real lives of real animals are DANGEROUS fanaticans.
Do you know that dolphins live up to 25-30 years in the wild, but they can reach more than 50 years in captivity?
Do you know that when antidolphinarium fanaticans speak about short life span of captive dolphins, they use VERY old info? In the past, dolphins were kept in terrible conditions. They were dying young. They were weak and probably suffering in incredibly small tanks. But it changed a LOT! Now they usually live in huge tanks and in perfect conditions, so they have perfect care and fun.
Antidolphinarium acticists often say that dolphins swim a lot in the wild, but they can not swim that much in dolphinariums. Do you know that dolphins swim many miles a day NOT for fun, but because of desperate attempt to find some fish for eating? *facepalm* it is a fight for survival, not any ,,hey, bro dolphin, let's swim 100 Km for fun right now, ok?"
Do you know that if people say ,,free the dolphins", it means ,,kill the dolphins?" Because only two dolphins were returned to the wild successfully - that's because they lived in captivity only for 2 years. Another animals were starving, dying, confused and unhappy, so they were saved by being brought back. Captive dolphins do NOT know how to catch a fish. Bringing a captive dolphin to the wild is the same like bringing a young New York's guy to the African jungle, happily saying ,,hurray, you are now free in a land of your human origin!" You can imagine the happiness of such an unlucky person. And you should imagine the confussion, fear, starving and terrible, terrible loneliness and suffering of a dolphin, who has been released to the wild.
Do you know that Europe and USA are NOT allowed to keep any captured dolphin anymore? They breed dolphins very successfully, so there is no need to capture new animals for dolphinariums. It is even strictly forbidden by laws!!!
Do you know that when ZOO Nuremberg wanted to build better facility for its dolphins, antidolphinariums activists did their best to stop it? It was supposed to signifficantly improve the living conditions of the dolphins. But activist prefered the ,,all dolphins must be freeeeee" motto, although those dolphins can never be free and although the only way how to help them, was to build better tank for them. Fortunately, those selfish people, who prefere their abstract ideas over the lives of REAL dolphins, lost
and the Lagoon was built. Dolphins now have much bigger space for playing.
Do you know that only few years ago, even in Europe dolphins were killed on purpose, because they were declared rivals of fishermen? People who killed a dolphin even got rewards from estabilishment. Thanks to DOLPHINARIUMS, dolphins became extremelly popular animals, who are now beloved and protected. This change of the mind was caused by dolphinariums. Every real dolphin lover should be grateful for that.
In my opinion, it is ok to keep dolphins. But the facility must be MODERN, offer huge and deep pool and excellent medical care. I agree that there are also some bad dolphin parks, especially in poor countries. Such facilities need to be closed down! But I have no problem with modern dolphinariums, because they offer great living conditions to dolphins.
I USED TO BE ANTI DOLPHINARIUMS FOR MANY YEARS.
THE MAN, WHO CREATED THE COVE, USED TO BE MY HERO.
BUT THE MORE I LEARNED AND STUDIED ABOUT THE ISSUE, THE MORE I SUPPORT GOOD AND MODERN DOLPHINARIUMS.
USE YOUR BRAIN, PEOPLE!
FOR EXAMPLE PROTESTING AGAINS THE PLANNED EXTENSION OF CURRENTLY EXISTING DOLPHINARIUM POOLS WILL NOT HELP THE DOLPHINS. IT MIGHT GIVE YOU SOME STUPID SELFISH FEELING ,,I DO SOMETHING FOR THE DOLPHINS WHEN I PROTEST". BUT IN FACT, YOU ARE JUST DOING YOUR BEST TO PREVENT THE DOLPHINS FROM GETTING BETTER LIFE CONDITIONS. How stupid.
I have studied this area for many years and I am kind of fed up with kids who saw ONE movie and they feel like experts on this issue JUST STUDY THE ISSUE properly! If you think that one manipulated documentary with strong ideologic background can really show you the truth about dolphin captivity, then you are.... well, not using your brain.