Sea World is trying to silence us
Over the weekend, Sea World announced they had referred World Animal Protection Australia to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for our work on behalf of captive dolphins.
It is disappointing and concerning to see Sea World making regulatory and other threats. But thanks to your support our campaign will continue.
Globally, we're trying to give captive wild animals a voice. But Village Roadshow (owners of Sea World) is trying to suppress free speech rather than discuss animal welfare.
It’s clear that the tide is turning against the keeping of dolphins in captivity for entertainment.
Earlier this year, the Canadian Government passed a ban on keeping dolphins, whales and porpoises for entertainment. This is part of a global movement towards better treatment of these wild animals, which includes the nations of Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Costa Rica, India, Luxembourg, Norway, Switzerland, and the UK.
More than 22,000 of you signed our petition calling on the Queensland Government to ban captive breeding in Queensland and begin work on a sea sanctuary for the dolphins who cannot be released into the wild. A ban on captive breeding would not stop Sea World’s rescue and rehabilitation work.
So far, the Queensland Government has failed to act to stop captive breeding.
Dolphins are intelligent, wild animals. They belong in the wild, not bred in captivity for entertainment. Up to 50 years in captivity is no life for a wild animal.
In their natural environment, dolphins swim freely in 100 square kilometres of ocean, sometimes more, but the average dolphin in captivity has a space a fraction of that space!
In addition to the legislative changes this year, major travel brands like TripAdvisor, Virgin Holidays, British Airways Holidays and Booking.com have already committed to stop selling tickets to captive dolphin shows and encounters.
Together, we can make this the last generation of dolphins bred in captivity to entertain tourists.