LAST UPDATED: 23 November 2015
Talk about people power. Things were looking grim when news came of Village Roadshow's plans to set up a new marine theme park in China, where there are no animal protection laws. It was likely the dolphins and even whales kept in captivity there would have been taken from the wild in traumatic hunts — a cruel practice that's illegal in Australia.
But thanks to thousands of people stepping up to urge Sea World Australia not to buy into cruelty overseas, the future is looking brighter for these unique animals! Only a week after caring Aussies told Sea World Australia and its parent company Village Roadshow not to tear wild dolphins from their families and confine them on display for the sake of 'entertainment', this happened:
The theme park giant's confirmation that Village Roadshow will never display wild-caught dolphins and whales at any of its parks makes an enormously significant statement. This public commitment means one of the biggest family-owned companies in Australia is acknowledging the growing global movement against forcing sensitive and intelligent animals to live lives of deprivation for the sake of ticket sales.
Thanks to the efforts of our friends at Australia for Dolphins, as well as other dedicated advocates over decades — including the makers of the groundbreaking documentary film 'Blackfish' — people around the world are becoming informed about the suffering of marine animals in captivity, and inspired to make a difference. Now that's something to smile about!
Dolphins still need your help!
- You can support this positive step by sending Sea World Australia a short thank you message on Facebook. (However, you could also note that you hope this step is bringing us closer to the day when they choose to phase out breeding non-endangered animals like bottlenose dolphins in captivity altogether.)
- Internationally, cruel 'drive hunts' like those that happen at Taiji in Japan are only financially viable because of the lucrative trade in live dolphins and whales to aquariums and marine theme parks. You can help save dolphins by pledging to never attend these facilities, and calling for an end to the Taiji hunts.