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Save Dolphins from Captivity in India!

Save wild dolphins from a life in captivity and join FIAPO’S campaign to get the Indian government to ban dolphinariums from being set up across India. (Read about different proposals here) Download and share a flyer about the campaign here

FIAPO is working with several partner organisations to ensure that India never has captive dolphins and has recently achieved success, by prevailing upon the Animal Welfare Board of India to issue a national advisory to all state governments against dolphinariums. Read the advisory and media coverage here
Your support can save dolphins from captivity in India  

What happens to Captive Dolphins? Imagine being confined in one room for your entire life. Separated from your family and friends. Deprived of food, and only fed when you jump, twist, twirl and play with plastic toys. Be forced to allow strangers to touch you and feed you. Live this life daily in an endless cycle of unnatural existence. Sound like a horrific situation of torture?

Well, that’s the life captive dolphins live every day in Dolphinariums all over the world. Dolphinariums are unnatural concrete spaces, where dolphins are trained to perform tricks to entertain humans.

What can you do?
Join FIAPO’S campaign to speak out against Dolphinariums. Sensitise your friends and family. To start with you can also watch THE COVE, and organise a screening of this fantastic film near you - Because in The Cove you will see what goes into the dolphin trade in Japan, and you will better understand what will happen to procure dolphins for India where there will be soon large scale dolphinariums and swim-with-the-dolphins programmes. If you have seen the movie The Cove, you learned about the massive blood bath suffered throughout the year as dolphins are captured in a small cove in a place called Taiji Japan. These dolphins are carved up for meat, but they are also captured for sale to marine theme parks like Sea World. We will update with more actions here as the campaign develops.

How do we know its wrong?
These extraordinarily intelligent species have survived for millions of years, perfectly adapted to their marine environment. Formidable predators, intuitive, self-cognitive, aware and social, these magnificent marine creatures migrate over large distances in search of prey. They have been known to save humans from shark attacks, help humans to fish, and are naturally exuberant and playful. In return, we have rewarded this friendly and curious creature, whose intelligence matches ours, by killing it in droves, capturing it, breaking its family bonds, removing it from its natural environment and using it to drive a multi-million dollar entertainment industry that thrives on its suffering.

How is it done?
According to Earth Island Institue, they are caught when they swim into a cove which has been part of their migratory path for thousands—perhaps even millions of years. The fisherman wait for them, lower stainless steel poles into the water, the poles flare out like a bell and amplifies the sound produced when they hit the poles with hmmers. This noise confuses the dolphins super sensitive hearing. They try to get away from the sound, swimming as fast as they can in panic. That’s when they are driven into a cove where the killers are waiting. The mouth of the cove is sealed, and the dolphins are trapped for capture and killing. Hand-held harpoons by dolphin hunters do the job. (in 2007 in Japan, 13000 dolphins were killed).

The most common victim of dolphinariums - Bottlenose Dolphins
Bottlenose dolphins, the genus Tursiops, are the most common and well-known members of the family Delphinidae, the family of oceanic dolphin. Bottlenose dolphins live in groups typically of 10–30 members, called pods, but group size varies from single individuals up to more than 1,000. Their diets consist mainly of forage fish. Dolphins often work as a team to harvest fish schools, but they also hunt individually. Dolphins search for prey primarily using echolocation, which is similar to sonar. Bottlenose dolphins are also able to extract shape information, suggesting they are able to form an "echoic image" or sound picture of their targets. Cognitive abilities that have been investigated include concept formation, sensory skills, and mental representations.

What's Happening in India?
India has now decided to jump on the marine exploitation bandwagon and several proposals for large scale Dolphinariums have sprung up across the country. These projects will only add another market and support the capture and trade of these wild creatures. The project proposals range from a Venetian style resort in Noida, which will house Dolphins in a Mall to a Sea World imitation on the coast of Maharashtra. India despite the vast amount of knowledge today available globally that presents an iron clad argument against keeping marine mammals in captivity, may well allow these atrocities to prevail in a bid to promote tourism.
Read more about these projects on http://www.fiapo.org/view_news.php?viewid=12275

Where would Indian dolphinariums get their dolphins?
We don’t know. Many aquariums and swim-with-dolphins programs around the world purchase live dolphins from Japan, where the bloodbaths seen in the movie The Cove take place. Japan has 50 dolphinariums. According to Earth Island Institute, dolphins go from China, Korea, Ukraine, Egypt, Iran, turkey, The UAE, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and the Philippines. But no matter where they are captured, the process of capture involves massive killing, torment and pain. Some die from stress during the capture process. Others from injuries.

This campaign is a partnership between FIAPO, Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre and Earth Island Institute's Dolphin Project, Global Greengrants Fund. Guidance and assistance of Wildlife Protection Society of India, Humane Society International-India, The Kimmela Center for animal Advocacy and Fins and Fluke is also gratefully acknowledged.
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