Target: Hungary Prime Minister, Viktor Orban
Goal: Thank the sixteen countries who are helping to outlaw the captivity of marine mammals
According to the Born Free Foundation, more than two thousand dolphins and whales are being held in captivity all around the world. There are more than three hundred facilities, with the highest amount of them in places in Asia, Mexico, and the United States. Fortunately, with the popularity of the film Blackfish, a documentary that examines the inhumane treatment of marine mammals that are kept in captivity, the stories of captive marine animals are coming back in the spotlight. Animal welfare activists have been fighting harder than ever to bring these whales back to their natural habitat.
Although SeaWorld is a usual tourist attraction for most travelers, there are a number of countries that have banned orca captivity. These countries are Hungary, Bolivia, Norway, Chile, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, India, Nicaragua, Slovenia, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Brazil, and the United Kingdom. Some specific states in the U.S. have decided to ban orca captivity, but it will take a lot to get the whole country to give up this booming tourist attraction. In early 2014, California State Assembly Member, Richard Bloom, made worldwide headlines by introducing a bill designed to protect orcas, but it was pushed back for a vote until 2015. The bill would have banned captive breeding of killer whales in California.
Please sign this petition to thank these sixteen countries for banning the captivity of marine mammals and to urge more countries to follow suit.
Dear Prime Minister Viktor Orban,
I am writing to you because your country was one of the first places to ever put a ban on dolphin captivity. In 1992, Hungary closed its dolphinarium and placed a ban on dolphin imports after one dolphin died during an illegal import. The Hungary government has been taking an inspiring stance against the importation, exportation, and Viktor Orban presentation of dolphins ever since. Other countries soon followed suit after the deaths of dolphins in their dolphinariums.
Hungary, along with fifteen other countries who have banned marine mammal captivity, can look past economic gain and free these majestic animals from a cruel and inhumane life in captivity. Now it is the job of the public to help the other countries realize the importance of marine mammal captivity so that they can make a change as well.
Marine mammals are meant to live freely in their own natural habitat, so thank you for being one of the sixteen countries to ensure that they can.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Matanya via Wikimedia Commons