As animal rights advocates, we are fully aware of the horrific fate dealt to wild animals in captivity. As highly intelligent and beautiful creatures, dolphins have long been exploited by humans for entertainment, particularly at marine parks, swim with dolphin businesses, and aquariums.

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These animals are kidnapped from the wild, including in the horrific annual Taiji dolphin hunt, where they are treated brutally, separated from their families, and held captive in cell-like enclosures for “entertainment” or “educational” purposes.

According to a petition on Care2, the new Mississippi Aquarium is planning on using captive wild dolphins as an attraction. Dolphins typically swim 100 miles a day in the oceans, but in captivity, they are kept in cramped concrete tanks where they cannot swim and become depressed and miserable. The petition’s author cites PETA with the statistic that dolphins can live up to ninety years in the wild (with the average living into their 40s-50s), whereas captive wild dolphins suffer tremendously during their short lifespan and die in their 20s.

Please help take a stand for dolphins and sign this petition demanding that the Mississippi Aquarium pay heed to public opinion and change their decision about keeping captive wild animals for “entertainment” or “educational” purposes. Please share with friends and encourage them to sign the petition as well!

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Image Source: Enchanted-Dreams / DeviantArt