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New Dolphins for Ocean World?


#1

Many many people seem to be upset that Ocean World is in the process of importing 12 more Dophins for their park.
There are many news articles about this and petitions to the DR government to stop this from happening.

Personally I have seen how the dolphins are kept and looked after at Ocean World and it is a credit to how they are handled.

If you have never seen what happens to dophins in the Japanese meat market trade then view this video, then I think you will agree that these 12 are much better off at Ocean World.

Warning the video is quite graphic

Futo, Japan
Dolphin Slaughter Video after it loads click on WMV version


#2

Mmmmm dolphin soup!

I was split between POP and Punta Cana and numerous people said to avoid the dolphin shows there because of the way they treat their animals. Perhaps they figure that the same is done in Ocean World?


#3

They WILL be much better off at Ocean World than the way they are brutally killed and captured - -

Is this GROUP on the website the GROUP that captured the dolphins for OW ???
I read most of the site and sent a letter to the PM of Japan in regards to the slaughter…I am unable to watch the video…

As I posted on another forum, this is quite upsetting but have to agree they are better off at OW than in a restaurant… and I dont THINK the trainers at OW go to the slaughters and pick out the ones they want for their shows…or do they???

Dolphins are ultimately the best when they are FREE - but this will never happen when there is $$ to be made


#4

There has been a campaign of misinformation against Ocean World by several groups of anti-captivity animal extremists regarding the proposed import of dolphins from Japan to the Dominican Republic.

These extremists would like you to believe that Ocean World has a part in, or is ‘subsidizing,’ the slaughter of dolphins by the purchase of live animals from Taiji, Japan. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The Japanese have been slaughtering dolphins for food in Taiji and other villages for hundreds of years. In fact, they currently do this under the authority and quotas of the International Whaling Commission. No endangered or threatened species are taken.

In recent years the Taiji Whale Museum, which is also an aquarium, has been trying to save dolphins from slaughter by selling some of the dolphins destined for the slaughterhouse to aquaria around the world. The funds from these sales are used for scientific research and education about marine mammals so that the Japanese public will learn to appreciate these animals instead of consuming them for meat.

While Ocean World deplores the killing of dolphins in Taiji, we honestly believe that we are the saving the lives of animals that would otherwise be killed in the slaughterhouse. The animals destined for Ocean World were taken early out of the ‘drive’ (herding dolphins into coves or bays) and do not witness the killing of their pod mates as the extremists would like you to believe.

The videos circulated by Mr O’Barry and extremist groups are all of animals destined for the slaughterhouse. At one point there are aquarium officials selecting animals for aquaria, but this is then carefully edited with the slaughter videos to make it look like it happens in the same water. Do not be fooled by tactics of these extremists, they are very good at what they do.

I am sure Mr. O’Barry and the associated extremist groups will call for a ‘tourism boycott’ of the Dominican Republic. Do not be scared of such tactics as they have called for boycotts against Florida, South Carolina, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua, Mexico, Cayman Islands, and many other nations and states in the past. We expect this ‘boycott’ will have the same non-existent effect here as it did in those countries because it is usually the same 30 people writing under 1000 different names.

Facilities like Ocean World allow people to experience dolphins up close and personal and make people appreciate dolphins and their environment so that their existence in the wild can be guaranteed for future generations. Ocean World has the largest man-made dolphin lagoon in the world, with a state of the art filtration system that provides clean water and an environment conducive to the reproduction of dolphins, evidenced by the birth of the first dolphin baby in the Dominican Republic under human care, ‘Lili’ on August 21, 2006. Our female dolphins are just now reaching breeding age so we expect many more calves in the future.


#5

wow,
what a great story. i wont watch the video and believe and animal should be allowed to live not be killed for meat, skin, fur etc. :’(
i have total respect for any company that does what it can to save these poor animals.
he in the UK our papers are always trying to free some animal that is being abused/killed and the UK people get behind them 100%.
we cant wait to visit when we visit in Oct, my youngest wants to see the sea-lions and my eldest the dolphins.
see you soon and keep up the hard work.


#6

quote conchman"Facilities like Ocean World allow people to experience dolphins up close and personal and make people appreciate dolphins and their environment so that their existence in the wild can be guaranteed for future generations. Ocean World has the largest man-made dolphin lagoon in the world, with a state of the art filtration system that provides clean water and an environment conducive to the reproduction of dolphins, evidenced by the birth of the first dolphin baby in the Dominican Republic under human care, ‘Lili’ on August 21, 2006. Our female dolphins are just now reaching breeding age so we expect many more calves in the future. "

I have been there and had what I consider an executive tour when I was the lead moderator here and I will say this.

[b]These animals are much better off in Ocean World than in Tajii,
I have seen this first class facility from all aspects and I commend the Meister family for their committment to not only the animals they house and treat with respect buttheir committment to the country as well.

Stephan keep up the good work, you will always have my support.[/b]