Blackbeard's Cay is a swim with the dolphins facility that has deplorable conditions: the dolphin pens are only 7 feet deep at mid tide, there is no shade and there is no protection in case of hurricanes.
Because of this awful treatment, the Supreme Court ruled that the facility had to be closed down and the dolphins moved to a suitable - more humane - location. But the government is failing to enforce the judge's order, and instead is looking to approve another dolphin facility to be opened.
Captive marine mammal facilities are outdated, inhumane, and anti conservationist. It is critical that we express our objection to these facilities and any future marine mammal facilities in The Bahamas.
Please help us put an end to the exploitation of this species by signing this petition and urging authorities in the Bahamas to follow the law and close down this illegally-running facility.
Dear Minister Gray,
We, the undersigned, appeal to you, the Minister responsible for Marine Mammal issues in The Bahamas to put an end to the exploitation of dolphins and deny approval for the Blackbeards Cay and Grand Bahama Marine Mammal entertainment zoos.
Neither facility was made public, nor was any public consultation invited. We feel very strongly, that this is wrong for The Bahamas, and wrong for the international health of dolphin populations worldwide.
We write to express our unequivocal objection to these facilities and to any future marine mammal facilities being created in the Bahamas. Our objection is based upon the premise that captive marine mammal facilities are out dated, inhumane, and anti conservationist in practice.
We seek governmental support in preventing any future dolphin facilities in The Bahamas.
In conclusion we appeal to you to enact legislation that:
- prohibits the opening of any additional marine mammal facility in The Bahamas
- prohibits any live marine mammal captures in our waters
- prohibits all marine mammal facility breeding programs going forward
- prohibits any future imports or exports of marine mammals to The Bahamas
- looks to a tiered closure of all marine mammal facilities in The Bahamas with a plan to house retired dolphins in a sanctuary funded by the very industry that has benefitted from their enslavement for decades.
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