As you read this, dolphins are being held captive, against their will. And it's happening right here, right now, in Hawaii.
Imprisoned against their will, they’re forced to perform -- sometimes even in deadly conditions.
According to one marine conservation group, “As of April 2021, 144 cetaceans have died” under the care of a dolphinarium in Oahu. Dozens were reportedly even taken right from Hawaiian waters -- and then forced into captivity. The situation has been so dire that the government’s own inspection report has documented multiple fatal incidents over the years -- one in which a tank’s drain was “left open without supervision” and an animal died of “pneumonia apparently exacerbated by this stressful event."
It doesn’t have to be this way. In 2019, Canada’s parliament passed legislation “banning whales, dolphins and porpoises from being bred or held in captivity”, while just last year France announced a phase out of orca and dolphin shows.
Together, let’s demand Hawaii end the for-profit captivity of dolphins -- and all cetaceans -- now.
Reuters. 29 September 2020.
NPR. 11 June 2019.
Humane Society. 1 January 2009.
Dolphin Project. 10 April 2021.