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What if our affection for dolphins is actually causing them harm? The latest ABC documentary, ‘Dolphins: Is Our Love Too Deep?’ raises this alarming question, revealing the unpleasant truth behind dolphin feeding programs. The revealing film has reignited public calls for action, leading to a fresh campaign by Action for Dolphins, a non-profit organization committed to protecting dolphins worldwide.
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The documentary highlights the detrimental impact of human intervention on dolphin survival. Dolphins who participate in feeding programs experience dramatically reduced exploration and socialization areas, negatively affecting their survival, especially in the face of severe weather events. Shockingly, dolphin mothers who are hand-fed tend to provide less care for their offspring, which further endangers these incredible creatures’ survival and wellbeing.
Hannah Tait, CEO of Action for Dolphins, emerges as a critical voice in the film. She contends that these feeding programs prioritize tourism revenue over the welfare of dolphins. She criticizes the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions for going against their own Management Plan by encouraging pre-weaned calves into the Monkey Mia program.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Since the documentary’s release, over 5,000 people have signed a petition demanding a stop to the recruitment of new dolphins into the Monkey Mia feeding program. The public wants responsible tourism, one that respects these fascinating creatures and their natural behaviors without compromising their survival or the precious mother-calf bonds.
We can all play a part in changing the narrative for these marvelous marine mammals. Action for Dolphins urges you to sign the petition and support the cause. It’s time we rethink how our actions, even those driven by love and fascination, can inadvertently harm those we seek to protect.
So, let’s dive in, make a splash, and truly make our love for dolphins count. Your action can help ensure these magnificent creatures thrive in their natural habitats, free from harmful human interference. Let’s redefine what it means to love dolphins, the right way.
To learn more about Action for Dolphins and their campaign, visit www.afd.org.au
Sign this petition demanding that the U.S. Congress end marine mammal captivity in the United States. And make sure to sign your local representatives asking them to introduce legislation that fights against the captivity and exploitation of whales and dolphins.
Help free our friends with fins by:
- Not supporting marine parks.
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- Contacting government agencies and elected officials to request for them to prevent cetacean captivity.
- Signing petitions for cetaceans’ freedom and the end of breeding programs.
- Joining marine activists in peaceful protests for the liberation of cetaceans.
- Checking out what awesome anti-captivity heroes have done.
- Learning why there is hope for the demise of the captivity industry.
- Watching the documentary Blackfish (if you haven’t already) to learn more and investigating SeaWorld’s “Truth Team.”
- Spreading the word through social media (and sharing OGP posts).
- Petition: Hold People Accountable for Harassing Dolphins in Hawaii
- Petition: Demand Marineland Transfer Its Whales and Dolphins to Sanctuaries Immediately
- Amazing Video Shows Dolphins Swimming Alongside a Surfer [Video]
- 33 Swimmers in Hawaii Reportedly Harassed Dolphins, Officials Say
- 5 Reasons to Not Swim with Dolphins, Even in the Wild
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