A delegation from PETA met with Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to present a letter from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) objecting to plans to build a dolphin park in Sindhudurg. Animal protection organisations are unanimously opposed to this cruel proposal.
The MoEF rightfully points out that it is illegal to hunt and capture animals protected under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. What’s more, multiple studies have determined that keeping dolphins and other marine animals in captivity leads to suffering and premature death because their complex needs simply cannot be met in cramped and barren tanks.
Dolphins inhabit vast and fascinating worlds in their ocean home and establish close, cooperative and long-standing relationships. They swim freely and socialise in family groups and can cover up to 100 miles a day. Dolphins used in marine parks are violently torn away from their families and confined to small tanks in which they can only swim in endless circles and perform tricks for food. Most captive dolphins die far short of their expected lifespan.
Time is of the essence to get this plan stopped! Please contact the Maharashtra Chief Minister at [email protected], the Minister of Tourism, India, at [email protected] and the Maharashtra Forest Minister at [email protected] and urge them to abandon plans to open a dolphinarium in Sindhudurg.
Posted by PETA