St. Maarten is with you

How do you feel about the capture of dolphin from the wild for Cayman Dolphin parks, or any other marine mammals for any captive parks.

St. Maarten is with you

Postby wspa » Sat Jul 16, 2011 6:45 pm

We are facing a similar situation in St. Maarten, saving dolphin from another captive dolphin park in the Caribbean.

St. Maarten is a popular tourist destination and port of call for cruise ships, much like the Cayman Islands. Unfortunately a new dolphin aquarium planned will quickly turn island into a dolphin nightmare.

Dolphin forced to live in captive dolphin parks, swim with the dolphin, dolphin encounters, etc., create stress related conditions for the dolphin including ulcers, self mutilation and very low overall life expectancy, compared to dolphin in the wild. Still these places thrive on high tourist demand from unwary people who do not see all the death and torture the dolphin must endure to put on a show.

Dolphin Park owner Hannu Liivaar circulated rumors about the benefits of a new “Swim with the Dolphins” facility on St. Maarten. The immediate response to the proposal by the dolphin protection group - Dolphin Defenders St. Maarten (DDSM) - launched an all out anti-captivity campaign, gathering support from locals and tourists alike, and obtained thousands of petition signatures in addition to many other efforts similar to yours.

Please help keep St. Maarten captivity-free by signing DDSM’s online petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-a-dolphinarium-on-stmaarten

I will make our members and supporters aware of your efforts and ask them to spread the word about your boycotts and alternate facilities to any extent that will encumber the dolphin parks or those who support them in the Cayman Islands.

We are planning a mostly recreational trip to the Cayman Islands now, which is how I found this website. There are 33 of us in total and we will all use your alternative establishments in lieu of those directly or indirectly supporting the dolphin parks in the Cayman Islands.
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Postby CoryII » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:48 am

Who wouldn't be with them? Are people really still living in the dark ages? Plucking intelligent animals out of their homes in the wild and locking them up in cages for profit and shows is no longer socially acceptable. The UK has already closed down ALL confined marine attractions. The US has similar legislation to stop the slaughter of many marine animals and Seaworld is holding on by a thread. People are wise to the scam that there's any educational value to these prisons. They are being made aware of the facts and truths behind the lies. Captivity kills, every animal they kidnap and put on display, demeaning them with props to look and behave like circus clowns, while they are beings starved and fed dead fish to put on tricks.

It's starting to look like the third world, or second world countries are just now getting to the greed level for developing these types of places, without the educational levels to realize that even if they didn't care about all the death and suffering of the dolphin, it's destroying their local marine environment.

These places need to be shut down and it appears the only way is through consumer education. Spread the word!
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Re: St. Maarten is with you

Postby buraian » Wed May 08, 2013 8:59 pm

Looks like there's still no dolphin prison on St. Maarten. Keep up the good work, DDSM!

-Brian*
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