PETA’s ‘Dolphin’ To Protest Proposed Sindhudurg Marine Park

For Immediate Release:

26 March 2012


Benazir Suraiya; [email protected]

Bhuvaneshwari Gupta; [email protected]

Robbing Highly Intelligent Cetaceans of Their Freedom Is Cruel, Says Group and Experts

Mumbai – An activist wearing a dolphin costume and holding a heart-shaped sign that reads, “Love Me – Don’t Jail Me” will join other members of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to protest against the proposed marine park along the Arabian Sea coastline in Sindhudurg that would contain dolphins. The government is planning to fast-track the ill-conceived proposal by starting the land acquisition within the next six months. PETA’s point? That dolphins are so complex, intelligent and sensitive that experts from various fields have proposed recognising them as deserving of rights similar to those of humans and that the last place they belong is in what amounts to a water-filled prison.

Where:       Outside the main gate of Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation at CDO Hutments, Opp LIC (Yogakshema) Building, Madame Cama Road, Mumbai

When:        Tuesday, 27 March, 12 noon sharp 

“Confining dolphins and other cetaceans to a small restricted area would be like forcing a human to spend his or her entire life in a bathtub”, says PETA India Director of Veterinary Affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate. “We’re calling on the Maharashtra government to sink this ill-conceived idea and allow these freedom-loving animals to remain free.”

Dolphins have complex, interesting and active lives. In the wild, dolphins live in large social groups, swim together in family pods and can cover up to 100 miles a day. Dolphins and orcas used in marine parks can swim only in endless circles.

In Vancouver, Canada, at this year’s annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science – the world’s largest science conference – experts argued that dolphins should be treated as non-human “persons” with their rights to life and liberty respected. The US state of South Carolina as well as Brazil and Costa Rica have banned the use of marine mammals for entertainment.

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