Just over a year ago I shared with you Why I regret swimming with dolphins. Following this, while I couldn’t undo what was done, I added my voice to the many that are calling for the world to bring an end to the keeping of such intelligent and beautiful animals in captivity.

Say NO to Orca Circuses campaign

I wanted to let you know that today responsibletravel.com and the World Cetacean Alliance Captivity Working Group launched an important campaign to help convince the travel industry that the time is up for the captive whale and dolphin industry.

Justin Francis, co-founder and managing director, responsibletravel.com says: “I believe it’s time the entire travel and tourism industry took a long, hard look at what is going on with the captive cetacean industry.”

To help voice travellers’ increasing unhappiness and anger and to raise awareness of the issues among travellers and travel companies, they have just launched this new campaign.

Justin Francis added “I hope the travel and tourism industry can translate the current tide of public sentiment into real action on this issue. You can help by joining the conversation and signing the petition.”

This is my hope too and I hope it is also yours.

Please take a moment to sign the petition, tweet it on Twitter, share it on Facebook, pin it on Pinterest or even grab the embed code and post it on your blog.

Thank you!


Following a comment made in support of keeping cetaceans in captivity, I felt it necessary to add this addendum to my original post above.

Why it is wrong to keep whale and dolphins in captivity?

Dolphins and whales are known to be highly intelligent, self-aware animals. 

Most dolphins held in captivity were captured from the wild where they live in highly complex, close-knit social units, known as pods. The capturing of dolphins isn’t just extremely stressful for the individual taken, it deeply affects the whole pod. Can you imagine what it must be like to have a member of your family kidnapped?

Many captive dolphins come from Japan and when a few dolphins in a pod are selected for captivity the whole pod is driven a shore and the majority are inhumanely killed. Thousands are killed in this way each year.

It is equally inhumane to keep whales in captivity and over the years a number of trainers have been killed, the most recent in 2010 in Sea World Orlando when their most experienced trainer, Dawn Brancheau, was killed following a “Dine with Shamu” show as reported by the BBC. The 2013 film Black Fish is a very moving and eye-opening account of events leading up to Dawn’s death. 

For more information please visit Keep Whales Wild

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