Ban Dolphin Captivity

  • by: Animal Advcates
  • recipient:  Marine Mammal Commission, North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce
 

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits the "taking" of marine mammals. The maximum fine for violating the MMPA is $20,000 and one year in jail. "Taking" as defined under the MMPA as "harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect."


Clearly, dolphins living in captivity have been hunted, captured, collected and harrassed to perform tricks for food at many marine parks, in an effort to exploit them for the entertainment of humans.


No captive facility, no matter how much space it provides, how well intentioned it is, or how hard it tries, is able to provide for the complex behavioral and physical needs of dolphins. Certainly there are captive facilities that put more resources into their programs. But, unequivocally, there is no way to do captivity well. All facilities from the largest, state-of-the-art facility to the crudest program all compromise dolphin welfare to an unacceptable degree.


We ask you to BAN the possession of dolphins in captivity, and help fight the brutal dolphin slaughter which happens throughout the world. By banning these facilities it would help reduce the black market of dolphin poaching.


NAMMCO - North Atlantic Marine Mammal Commission

Tromsø Science Park

P.O. Box 6453, N-9294 Tromsø

Norway
Tel.: 47 77 68 73 71

Fax: 47 77 68 73 74

E-mail: nammco-sec@nammco.no


Marine Mammal Commission
4340 East-West Highway, Suite 700
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: 301-504-0087
FAX: 301-504-0099
Email: mmc@mmc.gov


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ken Salazar- Secretary of the Interior
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Room 5128
Washington, DC 20230

U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W. / Washington DC 20240
feedback@ios.doi.gov
Secretary_of_the_Interior@ios.doi.gov


United States Department of Commerce

Gary Locke, Commerce Secretary

1401 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC, 20230-0001

Phone: 1.202.482.2000

E-Mail: www.commerce.gov

 

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) prohibits the "taking" of marine mammals. The maximum fine for violating the MMPA is $20,000 and one year in jail. "Taking" as defined under the MMPA as "harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, kill or collect."



Clearly, dolphins living in captivity have been hunted, captured, collected and harrassed to perform tricks for food at many marine parks, in an effort to exploit them for the entertainment of humans.



No captive facility, no matter how much space it provides, how well intentioned it is, or how hard it tries, is able to provide for the complex behavioral and physical needs of dolphins. Certainly there are captive facilities that put more resources into their programs. But, unequivocally, there is no way to do captivity well. All facilities from the largest, state-of-the-art facility to the crudest program all compromise dolphin welfare to an unacceptable degree.



We ask you to BAN the possession of dolphins in captivity, and help fight the brutal dolphin slaughter which happens throughout the world. By banning these facilities it would help reduce the black market of dolphin poaching.

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