Dolphins/ U.S. Borders/ Petition

END ALL IMPORTS & EXPORTS OF DOLPHINS ACROSS U.S. BORDERS

pilot-whale-transfer-24310142014_1930-830x553-1

Target: Members of Congress

Please stop all Imports & Exports of Dolphins across US borders.

Captive dolphins and whales are transported across the world to aquariums and marine parks. These animals are ripped away from their families and all they know, forced to live in barren concrete tanks. Transportation is a stressful process for these animals. The journey itself poses significant risks. Stress-induced illnesses and health problems are an issue and in the worst cases it can lead to death. When transported, sometimes for hours, dolphins and whales are forced to lay immobile in small transportation containers without natural light and air.

Wild dolphins live in highly complex social structures and travel many miles a day. They use a complicated system of clicks and whistles to communicate with one another and echolocation to navigate and hunt. Captivity confines these self-aware animals to small, sterile tanks. With little to no stimulation and insufficient space to roam, it is far removed from their natural environment. Dolphins kept in captivity are known to suffer from stress-related health issues and illnesses. Confining these animals to lives in tanks is inhumane and selfish.

Join us in asking Members of Congress to amend the “Marine Mammal Protection Act” to stop any imports or exports of dolphins across U.S. Borders. We believe that this will reduce the cruel practice of keeping cetaceans captive in the United States.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THE PETITION

Petition by

Ric O'Barry

Miami, Florida

To: Members of Congress
From: Sharon Randall-Friday

To: Members of Congress
From: [Sharon Randall-Friday]
Please amend the MMPA to stop any imports or exports of dolphins across U.S. Borders.

I am writing to you today to express my concern regarding the transportation of dolphins and whales across U.S. Borders. Dolphins are extremely intelligent family-oriented animals that are often ripped from everything they know, forced to live in small concrete tanks and perform for dead fish. Please amend the “Marine Mammal Protection Act” to stop any imports or exports of cetaceans across U.S. Borders.

Transportation is a stressful process for the animals. The journey itself poses significant risks including stress-induced illnesses, health problems and even death. When transported, sometimes for hours, dolphins and whales are forced to lay immobile in small transportation containers. Treated as “cargo” instead of as animals, this is a completely unnatural setting for them.

Dolphins live in highly complex social structures, traveling many miles a day. These animals use a complicated system of clicks and whistles to communicate with one another as well as using echolocation to navigate and hunt. Captivity confines these self-aware animals to small sterile tanks, with little to no stimulation and insufficient space to roam. Dolphins kept in captivity have a higher chance of premature death than their wild counterparts, many suffering from stress-related health issues and illnesses. Confining these animals to lives in tanks is inhumane and selfish.

Please consider modifying the MMPA to include a clause that stops the transportation of cetaceans across U.S. Borders. I believe this will reduce both captive dolphin fatality numbers, and end the cruel practice of confinement in the United States.

There are so many terrible things still happening in our world each and every minute of every day. Let this be one less, and show your humanity to our fellow inhabitants of earth. Unlike the statement above dolphins and whales are mammals, just like us. They have families and communities. You must think how you would feel, if someone snatched you away from your family and forced you to live in a prison. Because that is what is being done to them. It is our duty to see that all creatures both great and small are treated with love and dignity, Just as you would wish to be treated. Please help to put a stop to the transportation of cetaceans across U.S. Borders, and their captivity. Thank you

~ Shari R


Please Select Your Language:

Arabic Filipino Hindi Italian Malay Romanian Turkish
Chinese French Hungarian Japanese Polish Spanish Urdu
Danish German Indonesian Korean Portuguese Thai Vietnamese

Please excuse any discrepancies in Google Translations. Thank you. ^ ^

Advertisements

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s