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10 November 1999

From Voice for Animals

The Texas State Aquarium, in Corpus Christie, Texas, is organizing plans to build a new dolphin tank. Ultimately, if these plans are not halted, hundreds of wild dolphins will be forced to meet their premature deaths, caged in a glass prison, for no other reason than mere human entertainment.

In the wild, dolphins travel in pods that range in size from three to ten individuals to groups of literally hundreds. By nature, dolphins are very social animals. To rob the group of even one of its members is to disrupt the lives of the entire family. Many dolphins die from shock and pneumonia upon their capture. Those who survive the kidnapping attempt become so frenzied that they may even attempt to save their stolen friend(s). Pregnant females have even been known to spontaneously abort fetuses as a result of this powerful ordeal.

When free, dolphins are known to swim up to 100 miles per day. In confinement, most dolphins are given only a mere 24x24x6 foot container. Sonar waves, which help dolphins to navigate in the wild, often end up driving them insane in these aquariums. The constant reverberation of the sonar off the aquarium walls creates a never-ending torture chamber for these serene, peaceful creatures.

As if this were not bad enough, mans' attempts to maintain a sanitary environment for the dolphins often ends up being extremely detrimental to their health. The tanks in aquariums are sanitized with chlorine, copper sulfate, and other harsh chemicals. These toxic ingredients irritate the dolphins' eyes so badly that many will swim with their eyes closed. There have been documented cases of aquariums with such high levels of chlorine that the dolphins have gone blind.

In order for these wild, free-spirited creatures to learn the tricks expected of them in their new "homes," they are more often than not deprived of food and/or companionship. The constant torment becomes so unbearable that some dolphins have even committed suicide. For these highly social animals, isolation is pure mental anguish. Jacques Cousteau and his son, Jean-Michel, completely severed all ties with the marine capture industry when they personally witnessed one captive dolphin kill himself by intentionally colliding his body into his prison tank, over and over.

In the wild, dolphins can live anywhere between 25 and 50 years. If life in captivity is as wonderful and serene as the aquariums would have us believe, why is it that more than fifty percent of imprisoned dolphins die within their first two years in captivity and all others live an average of only six years?! After all, there is no pollution in the tanks and there are no natural predators in the aquariums. The fact of the matter is, aquariums are prisons which hand out death sentences to their inmates. The crime? Being a beautiful creature.

The dolphins desperately need your help! For the last four months "Voice for Animals" activists have been demonstrating outside of the Texas State Aquarium in protest of the plans for the new dolphin tank. To date, more than 100 Texans have rallied together in order to speak for the dolphins. "Voice for Animals" are now calling on all of our Texan subscribers to join them in yet another protest on Saturday, November 20 at 12:00 noon in front of the Texas State Aquarium, located in Corpus Christie, Texas. Please join them.

For further information, please contact:

Voice for Animals
P.O. Box 120095
San Antonio, TX 78212-9295
Tel: + 1 (210) 737 3138
Fax: + 1 (210) 737 6041
Email: [email protected]

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