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Help animals exploited for entertainment, two actions

January 18, 2011

Photo | ACAO Animal, LPDA.pt

Please click on and sign the following two messages:

1. Take animals out of circuses, and let humans do the entertaining
2. No More Dolphins Swimming in Las Vegas

1. BACKGROUND | From Change

Targeting: The U.S. Senate and The U.S. House of Representatives
Started by: Animal Defenders International US

In 2009, Bolivia set a shining example to the world in banning the use of animals in circuses.

The past month has seen the ban being decisively enforced, and Animal Defenders International has been able to rescue an incredible 24 lions from circuses across Bolivia, and make plans to bring them to a new home in a sanctuary in the U.S. to live out their lives in freedom.

Following what the ADI team calls ‘Operation Lion Ark’, in which all 24 lions will be airlifted to their new home, the group will carry out its pledge to continue supporting the lions’ care for the duration of their lives.

But in the U.S., animals still languish in traveling circuses.

An ADI investigation of the U.S. circus industry has exposed confinement, deprivation, lax safety standards and cases of severe violence to animals.

The findings of the investigation included sickening violence inflicted on two female elephants, Krissy and Queenie (Boo), who were electric shocked during training sessions and when being moved to the ring to perform. Krissy was beaten, dragged to the ground and kicked in the face.

Given the circumstances of constant travel, limited facilities and pressure to make animals do things that they are unwilling to do, suffering and sometimes abuse is inevitable in U.S. traveling circuses.

No one is saying end circuses. Rather, let’s take animals out of circuses and let humans do the entertaining.

Click for additional information on Operation Lion Ark
Click for additional information on ADI’s campaign to Stop Circus Suffering

MESSAGE TEXT

Greetings,

We, the undersigned, would like to congratulate the Bolivian government on implementing Law 4040 banning the use of animals in traveling circuses. Thanks to this, Animal Defenders International have been able to rescue 24 lions from circuses across Bolivia, and make plans to bring them to a new home in a sanctuary in the U.S., to live out their lives in freedom.

We would therefore urge the U.S. Congress to support measures to protect animals used in traveling circuses in the U.S.

An ADI investigation of the U.S. circus industry has exposed confinement, deprivation, lax safety standards and cases of severe violence to animals.

The findings of the investigation included sickening violence inflicted on two female elephants, Krissy and Queenie (Boo), who were electric shocked during training sessions and when being moved to the ring to perform. Krissy was beaten, dragged to the ground and kicked in the face.

Given the circumstances of constant travel, limited facilities and pressure to make animals do things that they are unwilling to do, suffering and sometimes abuse is inevitable in U.S. traveling circuses. The scientific evidence is clear; if an animal has no control over its environment and cannot exercise its body and mind this can result in repetitive, abnormal behaviors, indicating that the animal’s welfare has been compromised and it is suffering.

No one is saying end circuses. Rather, let’s take animals out of circuses and let humans do the entertaining.




Related | What Circus Animals Can’t Tell You



2. BACKGROUND | From Change

Targeting: Daniel D’Arrigo (Chief Finanacial Officer), Dave Blasko (Director of Dolphin Habitat), Mr. James Murren (Chairman of the Board, Pres., CEO), Dave Blasko (Director of Dolphin Habitat/Mirage), and Ian Corey Sanders (Chief Operations Officer)

Started by: Barbara Napoles

I was recently informed by Hope4Dolphins that The Mirage, owned by MGM Grand International, is home to an exhibit called “Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat.” She told me of the research she did, that this place was actually called the “Dolphin Death Pool.” I decided to do a little research on this exhibit and came to learn who were the principals of this corporation.

A visitor states the following:

Upon entering the facility, for which you pay $15, you are given a brochure which talks about conservation and gives you wild dolphin facts. However, advertisements on TV and magazines push their “be a trainer for a day” programs more.

I found out that the trainer for a day program cost are as follows: Trainer for a day is $495, trainer with one observer is $645, and trainer with 2 observers is $795.00

The dolphins perform tricks and flips for the paying customers and are given fish as reward. These are not natural behaviors for dolphins; they are trained and taught behaviors.

This exhibit has been the death sentence for many wild and captive-born dolphins. The Review-Journal obtained records from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration that includes an inventory of the dolphins at The Mirage and cause of death for those that died.

The bottlenose dolphins are subjected to extreme temperature changes — from extreme cold (snow flurries) to extreme arid, dry conditions — and pollution from a nearby highway. The pool is located in the heart of Las Vegas and specifically next to a busy highway. If you lived next to constant gas fumes from thousands of automobiles, you’d develop respiratory problems too!

The Born Free foundation and the WSPA have condemned this place for its claims of being a research and educational facility, while in reality it is motivated by profits.

The dolphins are not protected from  snow, or dropping temperatures or very hot temperatures. Dolphins breathe air like we do. Even if the water is heated, the dolphins are still subject to the same respiratory problems as we are!

We think that if enough people just stop visiting and voice an opinion, they will eventually remove this attraction as well. Dolphins belong in the ocean, not in captivity!

Here is a brief history of the dolphins (who) died there:

Rascal – age 4 – Death unknown
Pablo – age 10 – Died from rare fungus in its lungs
Darla – age 18 – Died from chronic pancreatitis
Squirt – age 15 – Died from respiratory ailment
Picabo – age 18 – Died suddenly from internal tear in its stomach
Bugsy – age 3 – Died from pulmonary abscess
No name – Stillborn
No name – 2 week old calf – died from pulmonary edema
Sigma – age 32 – Died from heart failure
Banjo – age 32 – Died from heart failure
Merlin – age 40 (estimate) – died from pneumonia
Sage – age 11 – death unknown
St. Pepper – age 2 – lung infection

Source: Review Journal

Thank you Hope4Dolphins for allowing me to bring this to the world’s attention.

Save the Blood Dolphins.  For the Dolphins, For the Whales, For the World.

If you have a problem signing the Petition email directly to: secretgarden@mirage.com

Thank  you all for your support!

MESSAGE TEXT

I ask that you please find a way to entertain your guests other than being a trainer to dolphins in the middle of the desert, and that you release the dolphins to an organization dedicated to rehabilitating these mammals so that they can be returned to the wild.

I am writing in regards to the Dolphin Habitat in the Mirage MGM Resorts International. I’m extremely disappointed that this exhibit was given a permit to import two more dolphins in 2009.

According to published reports: “The Mirage filed an application April 15 with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service to import two captive Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, a male and a female, from Bermuda for breeding.”

The dolphins in the Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat venue are not protected from the elements. The dolphins are not protected from snow flurries, from dropping temperatures or from rising hot and arid temperatures. Dolphins breathe air like we do. Even if the water is heated or cooled, the dolphins are still subject to the same respiratory problems, illnesses and organ disease as we are! Being held captive in a concrete pool that is devoid of any other marine life is beyond comprehension.

Jacques Cousteau, world famous marine biologist, once said, “No aquarium, no tank in a marine land, however spacious it may be, can begin to duplicate the conditions of the sea. And no dolphin who inhabits one of those aquariums or one of those marine lands can be considered normal.”

These poor animals are in the middle of the desert, not even close to their natural environment, the ocean. This place is open to attract tourists and make money. If a dolphin dies, you just replace it with another one. Stop this cycle!

The Mirage used to house their tigers in the lobby of the hotel, but removed them from view due to much criticism from guests and visitors. Dolphins belong in the ocean, not in captivity, and much less in the middle of Las Vegas!

This exhibit has been the death sentence for many wild and captive-born dolphins. The Review-Journal obtained records from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration that include an inventory of the dolphins at The Mirage and the cause of death for those that died. 14 bottlenose dolphins have died since your grand opening in 1990. One death is much too many.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2007/Feb-18-Sun-2007/news/12653710.html

I ask that you please find an alternative entertainment for your guests, and that you release the dolphins to an organization dedicated to rehabilitating these mammals so that they can be returned to the wild.

Please, no more dolphins in Las Vegas!

Respectfully submitted.

 



PETA International Animal-Free Circuses

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cetaceans and people
do not mix
these intelligent mammals
are not here for man
to teach tricks!!!!!

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


2 Comments leave one →
  1. karen lyons kalmenson permalink
    January 18, 2011 2:36 pm

    cetaceans and people
    do not mix
    these intelligent mammals
    are not here for man
    to teach tricks!!!!!

    Like

  2. Nola Ross permalink
    January 23, 2011 6:01 pm

    all that lives is Holy….

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