Sign the Petition – Stop Captivity now!

For all the dolphins and whales in captivity and dying in Taiji, please take the pledge NOT to buy a ticket to a dolphin show. 

 Please sign the petition to tell Dr.Gerald Dick: Executive Director WAZA that we don’t want to see dolphins and whales in captivity.

Click the link below to sign the petition….

http://dolphinproject.net/take-action/take-the-pledge-not-to-buy-a-ticket-to-a-dolphin-show/?source=direct_link&referrer=ric-obarry

My message to Dr. Gerald Dick….

I am 10 years old. I think it is a crime to take away an animals freedom and hold them prisoner for entertainment. My family and I will never buy a ticket to any marine land, zoo or any place that exploits animals. I will keep fighting and telling everyone about this issue. Young people know what is right and wrong. It’s time adults listen to us! We say NO to captivity!

If you say NO to captivity please sign the petition and don’t buy a ticket. We can save our animals and oceans by working together!

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Why do we fight against Taiji?

Each morning the fishermen of Taiji go out in their boats in search of pods of dolphins to drive into the Cove. From these pods a few dolphins are chosen for a life in captivity, a life with no freedom. Very few are released and the rest are slaughtered.

Some people aren’t aware of why we fight for the dolphins of Taiji. Here are some reminders and reasons why everyone should be aware.

The fishermen of Taiji are taking dolphins from their natural environment and they are making a living out of the freedom of the dolphins. If they are chosen by the dolphin trainers the dolphins are sentenced to a life in captivity.  The dolphins in Taiji sell for a huge amount of money, up to $150,000. These fishermen are only worried about how much money they can make, they do not care about the welfare of the dolphins.

Dolphins have the right to live freely and that right has been broken by the Taiji fishermen, marine park owners who buy these dolphins and the public, who pay money to watch them do tricks.

Some people think that Sea World and other marine parks are good but the more you dig down into Sea World’s history, the more you find out what they are really up to.  One of the things the trainers in in these parks do, is forcing their dolphins and whales to do tricks by depriving them of their food. This means that the dolphins have no choice but to obey them. This a really cruel process that happens daily.

It is not all the fishermen’s fault. The public isn’t helping because they are supporting the capture of dolphins by spending money visiting marine parks. They are encouraging the managers of these parks to continue to keep and buy dolphins.

You can help by NOT buying a ticket to a dolphin show or marine park. Don’t support captivity. Please think about how your actions impact on the dolphins of Taiji, and the dolphins held prisoner in parks all around the world. We can make a difference!

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I have BLUE hair!

On the 12th December I dyed my hair to raise money for The Dolphin Project. So far I have raised $700. I am so excited. I didn’t think I could raise that much money! Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far!

I am going to leave my fundraising page open for a few more days so if you can please donate. Our oceans and dolphins need all the help we can give.

Dolphins do not belong in captivity and definitely NOT on our dinner plates! Please help us stop the slaughter of dolphins!

http://www.gofundme.com/OceanBlues

Here are some photos….

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Today is the 14th December and it is a RED Cove. That means that innocent dolphins were slaughtered at The Cove. This is not ok! Please help it stop!

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Nearly time…

I have been very busy over the last few months raising money for a the dolphins. On the 12th December I am going to be dying my hair blue to represent the ocean and all the money I have raised is going to Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project! 

It is so great that a lot of people have been donating money. At first I only set a small goal because I thought it would only be my family that donated money. It was great to get money from all over the world!!! That means there must be a lot of people out there that care about dolphins as much as I do. 

There has been many red Cove days over the last few months. That means that many dolphins lost their lives in Taiji Japan because they weren’t chosen to become prisoners in sea parks. 

I hope the money I have raised can help The Dolphin Project stop the slaughter and capture of dolphins once and for all! 

PLEASE keep sharing my fundraising page! There is still time to donate! 

http://www.gofundme.com/OceanBlues

Thank you 

Harry

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Are these fact or fiction?

A little while ago someone told me why they thought places like Sea World were good for dolphins and whales. I was very surprised by the comments and wrote about some of the myths she thought were facts. Here are a few more things she said. 

Myth # 4

The dolphins in captivity must be happy because they look happy.

Dolphins only look like they are smiling because this is the way their mouths are shaped and they can’t change their expression. When you see a dolphin in captivity it may look like they are happy but this is probably not the case. In the movie The Cove Ric O’Barry says that it is a great deception and it is only an illusion that they are happy. Did you know that many dolphins in captivity are given drugs to help with ulcers? Ulcers occur because the dolphins are depressed and stressed!

 Myth # 5

Tanks are safe for dolphins.

Not only are they too small for dolphins but they can’t use their natural abilities for example echolocation. Did you know dolphins use echolocation to explore their environment? There is no chance for them to do this in a concrete tank! Also, the tanks are full of chemicals. The water is not ocean water, that means it is unnatural, and many of the marine life suffer skin conditions because of this. What does this mean for the dolphins? That’s right, MORE drugs!

 Myth #  6

Dolphins have so much to do in marine parks.

Dolphins are only used for a few shows a day. The rest of their time is spent swimming in circles or floating at the surface and have little interaction. I would be so bored if I had to sit in a bathtub all day with nothing to do!

 So you can see this for yourself, here are two videos

 1. Do these dolphins look happy to you??  (Youtube video by Bob Timmons)

2. Shouldn’t this be what their lives should be like? (Youtube video by juliemach5)

Thanks for reading! And don’t forget I am still fundraising for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project so PLEASE donate if you can. ANY amount is appreciated!

Go Here http://www.gofundme.com/OceanBlues

Mum got the blue dye for my hair which I will be using on 12th December for my fundraiser. If you want to see me with blue hair please donate!

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What can you do to help?

I was thinking about why there aren’t more people doing things to help stop the Taiji slaughter. Maybe it’s because they just don’t know what to do. So I have made a video to help with some ideas. I also thank some great people who have donated to my fundraiser.

 

 

I hope you enjoy it and share it with your friends.

Don’t forget you can still help me with my fundraiser at

http://www.gofundme.com/OceanBlues

THANK YOU!!

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Do you really think that’s true?

It is very sad that some people still don’t know the facts about captivity and how the animals and dolphins are affected. Here are some facts to educate them!

Myth #1

Seaworld and other marine parks spend a lot of money making their exhibits like dolphin’s natural habitats.

What do you think?

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Did you know that dolphins can travel over  40 miles everyday when in the ocean? How many times around a tank do you think that is?

They can also dive up to 300 metres for 20mins. (This depends on the species.)  Let’s look at Sea World Gold Coast. Their “Dolphin Cove” where shows take place is 8 meters deep. This is 292 meters short of what they are known to dive in their natural habitat. It doesn’t seem to me that marine parks make their exhibits like natural habitats.

 

Myth #2

Dolphins and whales are well fed, better than in the wild.

What do you think?

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A bucket full of dead fish that is pumped with medicine to stop them getting sick or abundance of fresh, live fish?

Did you know that dolphin and whale trainers use food as a training tool? If a trick is not performed they are not fed. This food deprivation is cruel. And a former trainer has spoken about dolphins being punished for not performing right. They are isolated which is like torture for them.

Myth #3

Dolphins are safer in captivity.

The biggest threat to dolphin is MAN!! That’s right, we are! The website “A Dolphin Place” says that more than 100,000 dolphins are killed each year by MAN. The next predator is shark and then other dolphin (eg. orca).

Humans catch dolphins in a violent and cruel way. Dolphins are separated from their families, snatched from their pods and sold to sea parks around the world. Look at Taiji Japan – Dolphins are hunted into The Cove, the “best” ones are violently pulled from their families and those not chosen are slaughtered.  Those sold to sea and marine parks spend the rest of their lives performing silly tricks and swimming in circles. We ARE their biggest predator. 

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This is a photo of the fisherman in Taiji Japan. The water is red because it is the blood of the dolphins they have just slaughtered.

Next time I will look at some more myths that I hear people say.

Thank you to these website for the information or photos.

http://savejapandolphins.org/

http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/marine-animal-exhibits-chlorinated-prisons.aspx

http://www.thedolphinplace.com/QandA.html#5

http://www.wspa-usa.org/

http://www.defenders.org/dolphin/basic-facts

http://seitansaiddance.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/cost-of-captivity.html

 

 Don’t forget to check out my fundraising for Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project ~ See my Events page

http://www.gofundme.com/OceanBlues

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