PETA Calls On Minister to Halt Plans for Dolphin Prison
22 March 2010.
To: The Editor,
From: Dharmesh Solanki +91 9820122561; [email protected]
Re: PETA Calls On Minister to Halt Plans for Dolphin Prison
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India sent a letter to Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, urging him to act immediately to stop plans to build a dolphinarium in New Delhi. Dolphins cannot cope with life in captivity. Torn apart from their families, dolphins kept in captivity are confined to small tanks and left to swim continuously in circles in their own diluted urine as their sonar bounces off cement walls. Most captive dolphins live to only half the age of wild dolphins, and the chemicals used in tanks sometimes cause skin and eye problems.
In the wild, dolphins swim up to 100 miles a day and live in an environment that is rich with marine life. Wild dolphins live with natural family pods and have the opportunity to play, mate, and seek as well as choose their own food. Earlier this year, scientists studying dolphins’ high intelligence recommended that the animals be treated as “nonhuman persons”.
“Our government risks ruining its reputation on environment protection if it harms dolphins rather than works to protect marine mammals and their natural habitats”, says Dharmesh Solanki, PETA’s manager of special projects. “The oceans must be protected, and dolphins do not deserve to be jailed for life in small enclosures that, to them, are like bathtubs.”
For more information, please visit PETAIndia.org.
PETA’s letter to Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests, follows.