Target: Chhagan Bhujbal, Maharashtra Ministry
Goal: Halt plans to build a marine animal park in South Western India.
After seeing SeaWorld in the U.S., officials in the Indian state of Maharashtra plan to build a marine park displaying captive dolphins and other marine mammals. Despite other marine parks facing boycotts and global backlash—all of England’s marine-mammal exhibits have been forced to close by boycotts—they are continuing with their plans to imprison dolphins.
Dolphins live complex and active lives. They communicate frequently with one another, and have been known to form bonds with humans, even banding together to save humans from prey animals. Several years ago, a group of dolphins saved a surfer after he was attacked by a shark and ensured that he made it to shore safely. They are highly intelligent and extremely social. To keep them in a small pool of water and force them to perform the same tricks day in and day out is inhumane.
Several experts have testified that imprisoning dolphins is almost the equivalent to imprisoning an innocent human, and both dolphin specialist Ric O’Barry and the Ministry of Environment and Forests have asked the Maharashtra government to halt the project, to no avail. Not only that, but it is illegal to hunt and capture protected animals, and a marine park would violate both the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and the Recognition of Zoo Rules of 2009.
By signing the petition below, you are asking the Maharashtra government to cease plans for a marine park. Tell them that they will be imprisoning dolphins, whose intelligence has proven to be nearly on par with a human’s.
Dolphins are highly intelligent, social animals that do not belong in a cage. Many marine parks across the globe have faced backlash and boycotts, and several have been forced to close. People are beginning to realize how cruel it is to imprison dolphins, who have an intelligence that closely resembles our own.
I am asking you to halt your plans for a marine animal park. If you continue forward, you will not only be violating the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and the Recognition of Zoo Rules of 2009, you will also be facing the wrath of people across the globe. No one wants to see a dolphin imprisoned in a cage. Please stop your marine park project and let dolphins and other marine mammals live out their lives naturally, as they were meant to.
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