Dolphins in Captivity
WSPA has achieved several notable successes during this time including a pledge from the Seven Seas luxury cruise line to no longer offer dolphin encounter tours at any of their ports of call.
Plight of the captive dolphins
The mortality rates and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins prove that a lack of stimulation causes them terrible stress. Space is also an issue – pools are miserably small for large, far ranging animals that would swim up to 50 miles a day in the wild.
US Dolphin Regulations
The United States is often considered to have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and yet, when it comes to captive marine mammals, even the United States fails to provide the necessary safeguards and standards to protect one of our favorite creatures.
This report determined that calf mortality in captivity was much higher than in the wild; however, the mortality data from the wild population may have been incomplete.
Animal friendly travel
Animal circuses, bullfights, ‘swim with dolphin’ programes and poor welfare zoos are all examples of animal exploitation in the name of entertainment.
Captive-bred dolphins in interactive programs
The claim that captive dolphins are semi-domesticated or that a captive-bred dolphin is less of a predatory wild animal due to its birth in captivity has no scientific basis.
What's wrong with swimming with dolphins?
The dolphins appear to smile as they pull laughing children around swimming pools by their dorsal fins. Swim-with-the-dolphin programs allow visitors to pet captive dolphins in shallow pools or interact with them in deeper water by swimming beside them or being towed around by holding onto the dolphin's dorsal fin.
Bottlenose Dolphin Facts
The bottlenose dolphin, known by its scientific name as Tursiops truncatus, is the species of dolphin most often found in captive exhibits and swim programs. Bottlenose dolphins spend much of their time playing and interacting with their pod members.
Ten Ways You Can Help Animals
This problem is made worse by “factory-style dog-breeding facilities known as puppy mills, which put profit above the welfare of animals.