Target: Miikka Seppälä, CEO of Särkänniemi Amusement Park
Goal: Urge amusement park owners to arrange humane accommodations for captive dolphins following the closing of the park.
In Finland, four bottle-nosed dolphins face an uncertain future. The Särkänniemi amusement park, a controversial dolphinarium, is closing and the parks’ owners are scrambling to find alternative placement for the dolphins. We urge the Särkänniemi amusement park to find a suitable retirement solution for these dolphins as opposed to continued captivity in another dolphinarium.
Of the four dolphins, only two have experienced the open ocean. The other two, born in captivity, have lived their entire lives in a small swimming pool. This cruelty must be stopped. Animal welfare advocates have done their part in rallying against dolphinariums in Europe. Due to their efforts, Europe has successfully closed the Särkänniemi amusement park, as well as many other dolphinariums, for good. Now, it is more important than ever to secure humane accommodations for these displaced dolphins.
While there are sanctuaries willing to take them in America, the transport would be challenging. Now over 20 years old and in questionable health, these dolphins would not survive a transfer overseas. Luckily, permission has been granted for the first sea pen sanctuary to be established in Europe. However, the Särkänniemi amusement park has set strict time constraints for itself, which may impact the dolphins. We urge the park owners to find a suitable alternative to a dolphinarium until the dolphins can safely be placed in the new sea pen sanctuary.
Dear Mr. Seppälä,
Dolphinariums are unhealthy and inhumane. Since the closing of the Särkänniemi amusement park in Finland, the remaining four dolphins will likely be redistributed to other dolphinariums in Europe. Instead of subjecting these animals to continued captivity, we propose another solution.
While humane alternatives exist in America, the dolphins are in poor health. They would not survive a transfer overseas. The new sea pen, slated to open in Europe in 2016, would be the best alternative for these older and sickly animals. They would be given the freedom of the open ocean without endangering their well-being. We propose that the dolphins be housed, temporarily, in Europe until the new sea pen is able to accept them.
Dolphins are intelligent creatures with all of the emotional range of a person. We demand that their emotional and physical well-being be taken into consideration during this transition.
[Your Name Here]
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