Target: Chair of the National Aquarium Institute Board of Directors, Robert E. Carter
Goal: Encourage the aquarium to move the dolphins from its amphitheater pool to an oceanside sanctuary
The Baltimore National Aquarium is currently considering whether to keep Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the amphitheater pool or release them to an oceanside sanctuary. Studies have shown that dolphins kept in captivity experience high levels of stress that often results in self mutilation. Dolphins are highly intelligent and social animals, and a tiny performance pool is no place for them to spend their lives. Please take action to encourage the Chair of the National Aquarium Institute Board of Directors to move its resident dolphins from the amphitheater pool into an oceanside sanctuary.
The dolphins are a popular attraction at the Baltimore National Aquarium. Administrators of the aquarium are fearful that moving the dolphins may disappoint visitors and result in a loss of revenue from ticket sales. In fact, many visitors find it upsetting to watch as the dolphins are coerced into performing tricks for crowds of spectators. “I couldn’t stand to watch it,” stated one visitor. “I’ve never been back. I just think it’s terrible. It’s like the elephants at the circus.” It is important that the board of directors at the aquarium receive input from members of the public to let them know that moving the dolphins to the sanctuary is the right thing to do.
If the Baltimore National Aquarium decides to move its dolphins from the performance pool to a sanctuary, it will be the first major institution to do so. This institution could serve as a positive example for other institutions that might consider taking similar actions to protect dolphins in the future. Please sign this petition to let the Baltimore National Aquarium know that it has the public’s support in making the humane decision to move its dolphins from the pool to a sanctuary.
Dear Mr. Carter,
I was pleased to learn that the Baltimore National Aquarium is currently considering whether to move the dolphins from the amphitheater pool to an oceanside sanctuary. I would strongly encourage your organization to follow through on this proposal. Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures that should not be forced to live in a small performance pool. Dolphins that live in this type of environment show signs of depression and self mutilation. The Baltimore National Aquarium has the opportunity to be a leader in making the humane decision to release the dolphins to an oceanside sanctuary.
I understand that the aquarium is concerned that revenues might be jeopardized if the decision is made to move the dolphins to a sanctuary. However, I can assure you that the public would fully support the humane decision to move these dolphins to a sanctuary. I encourage the Baltimore National Aquarium to follow through with its proposal to act in the best interests of the dolphins and move them from the pool to a sanctuary.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Mark Interrante via Wikimedia Commons